Editor’s note: Susan Hildreth, our City Librarian, will be checking in with us from time to time to let us know what she’s been reading.
I just finished reading The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano. This is the story of Melody Grace McCartney who has been in the Federal Witness Protection Program for most of her life. At age six, she and her parents witnessed a brutal act of violence that changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, but the program took Melody’s name, her home, her family and, ultimately, her innocence. The story begins when Melody, now at age 26, is still on the run and yearns to live a life as her true self.
When the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another new town, she’s stunned by a man who accosts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to find her, knows all about the real Melody; and she can not resist getting to know him. Defying the feds, she willingly goes with Bovaro, who wants to free Melody from her life on the run. They fall in love; and, although they both can imagine a wonderful life together, reality creates a different path for them.
The Federal Witness Protection program is also depicted in the television drama In Plain Sight on the USA channel. This suspenseful drama follows the cases of Mary Shannon, federal agent, who has to protect a widely diverse group of characters. It is an entertaining complement to The Girl She Used to Be.