For the past eight years, lawyer Mary DiNunzio has had one ambition: to make partner at the competitive Philadelphia law firm she works for. Long hours, hard work and an undefeated record make everyone think that she’s a shoo-in for the upcoming partnership selection. Success only begets this competent and competitive lawyer more and more cases. It's that heavy workload that makes her disregard the crank phone calls she’s been getting for quite a while now. And Work is the only thing that makes her forget, to an extent, her husband’s recent accidental death. But as she keeps defending and winning cases on behalf of rich clients and undeserving corporations, her conscience smites her repeatedly.
Then the crank calls escalate, strange anonymous notes begin arriving, Mary gets the strange feeling that she’s being followed, and her apartment is broken into. Is someone trying to scare Mary off? But why? Or is this work of a jealous colleague? Mary becomes increasingly paranoid and starts suspecting everybody and anybody. Then Ned Waters, an old boyfriend who is competing for the same partnership as she, re-enters her life romantically. As the danger escalates and things take a seriously nasty turn, Mary has no choice but to suspect Ned, too. As her worst fears are realized, Mary comes to the gradual realization that she can depend on no one but herself.
Lisa Scottoline has created a gripping and tense tale in her debut novel. Everywhere that Mary Went begins ordinarily, though hints of the upcoming terror are given. The level of terror gradually increases and the suspense mounts exponentially, leaving the reader edgy but wanting more. Even stalwart mystery readers will have trouble figuring out the intricate plot. Only upon reaching the end of this suspenseful story will readers realize the clues that Scottoline has scattered throughout the tense narrative. The initially slow pace picks up and takes the reader on a thrilling legal ride with a cast of unforgettable characters. The atmosphere of a law firm, where it’s a case of lawyer eat lawyer, clients are billed for every tiny thing, and making partner is the ultimate goal, is accurately captured and realistically depicted. Romance, humor, friendship, and a wide range of human emotions and relationships all play a vital role in creation of this irresistible page-turner.