Author: Brenda Baker
Published: July 3, 2012
paperback, 336 pages
Summary (From Goodreads):
While trying to identify a man who collapses in a Portland, Oregon, coffee shop, two wallets are found: one belonging to David McCoy, the other to Eric McCoy.
Devastated by their comatose husband’s betrayal, Kendra and Lesley reluctantly join forces in an attempt to piece together a true picture of the man they both fell in love with. Instead, they uncover a vast web of deceit as they learn their husband lived a third life neither of them suspected.
The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda Baker is a very intriguing novel. From the first page, it had me hooked. David/Eric McCoy collapses in a coffee shop in front of Jason Cheddick, who is a private investigator. Jason discovers two different ID's on this man when he checks for identification; one for Eric McCoy and one for David McCoy. Confused as to why someone would have two aliases, they contact the different address to hopefully find out the true identity of this stranger. At the hospital two women show up, Kendra and Lesley, who might be possibly married to McCoy. When they both are asked to identify this man they soon discover that not only is he married to Kendra, he is also married to Lesley. He has been leading a double life. McCoy is in a coma and unable to explain the why of it all. Kendra takes is upon herself to hire Jason to uncover the mystery of Mr. McCoy. Kendra and Lesley work together to try and figure out the pieces of this crazy puzzle.
There are four main characters in this book: Kendra, Leslie, Jason, and McCoy. Baker not only focuses on finding out who McCoy really is, but also focuses on the other three characters and their families. She gives you an inside look at the lives that McCoy has invaded. At times it almost seemed as if McCoy's story took a back seat to some of the families side stories. Although I did enjoy reading about them, I was more interested in finding out who the real slim shady is. Brenda Baker did keep me in anticipation throughout the novel, which made it all the more enjoyable. The way the characters reacted to finding out that McCoy wasn't who they thought he was, was very interesting as well.
Overall this book is very enjoyable. I like the characters and the plot. This is a great book for the summer. My imagination went wild trying to guess who McCoy really is. I was shocked to find out that he was . . . Only joking. I would never tell you the ending. You'll just have to read the book yourself.
I would rate this book a 3.5 so I'll round it up to 4
To find out more of the inspiration behind The Elusive Mr. McCoy, check out this guest post by Brenda Baker.