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Summary

Escaping New York City and the espionage case that made her question everything, recently widowed FBI Agent Lina Connerly returns home to sell the house she has inherited in Greenfield, California. With her teenage son, Rory, Lina hopes to reassemble her life, reevaluate her career, and find a clear way forward. Adrift and battling insomnia, she discovers that her father’s sleepy hometown has been transformed into a Silicon Valley suburb on steroids, obsessed with an annual exam called the Wonder Test.

When students at her son’s high school go missing, reappearing under mysterious circumstances on abandoned beaches, Lina must summon her strength and her investigative instincts, pushing her own ethical boundaries to the limits in order to solve the crimes. Meanwhile, an old espionage case called Red Vine keeps calling her back into the fold. While Lina struggles to balance her new role as a single mother and the complex counterintelligence puzzles she is so adept at solving, Greenfield’s shadowy dangers creep closer to her own home.

The Wonder Test is a searing view of a culture that puts the well-being of children at risk for advancement and prestige, and a captivating story of the lengths a mother will go for her son.

©2021 Michelle Richmond (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Gripping…..

This is a fantastic read, such an original idea….off to find more by the same author!

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  • Jennifer Humann
  • 12-08-21

Loved it

I listen to A LOT of audio books while I work. This was almost too good... I had a hard time focusing on work and listened right through my lunch.

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  • Mary Walters
  • 20-07-21

Hang in there

It took three tries but this book ended up being great the narrator is amazing

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  • Barbara or Jerold Gendler
  • 13-10-21

Rite of Passage

A deep analysis of grief , greed , elitism , devotion , discipline , ethics , evil . Interesting style with very short chapters but a lot of them that u want more .
A personal philosophy of life that is complex .
Highly recommend to listen & read sometimes to clarify . Narrator one of best voices with touch of French accent either Parisian or Québécois

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  • RueRue
  • 05-06-22

Too much plot

Maybe that doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, but for me, the multiple plot threads were distracting, and several added nothing to the story. The best characters were some of the secondary players. Overall, enjoyable, but not a 4-5 star.

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  • 23-10-21

Wow, so good.

This is only the second book I've read by this author but she if fast becoming a favorite. FBI profiler,, Lena, and her son, Rory, move from NYC to California to escape the stress of Lena's job and the sudden death of her husband. They move into her father's home which is in a very affluent neighborhood with a nationally recognized school district. That's where the mayhem begins. The twists and turns spring to life as the well plotted story unfolds. Lena is a smart woman and the reader should never underestimate her mama bear instincts. Great story.

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  • 25-07-22

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Excellent narration. The story started great, engaging, interesting characters and then the last hour or so it went downhill. I don't understand why the author titled the book The Wonder Test to end it the way it did. It would have been the same if the book was titled "The Real Estate Test" or "The Ranch Escapades".

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  • 26-04-22

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  • Tulipina
  • 22-03-22

Narrator should not attempt French words

Generally OK narration but narrator’s execrable mispronunciation of French words was hugely distracting and made it uncomfortable to listen. Given the narrator’s French name that is puzzling. Also, the yucky pony club subplot could have been omitted from the story. One reason I bought the book was for Bay Area/Silicon Valley local color. I found that lacking.

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  • Crystal L Jonas
  • 07-09-21

loved it

loved this story so much Lina & her son should have her own book series .