What Happened to the Bennetts (Large Print / Paperback)
How far would you go to save your family? In this heart-stopping novel by #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, a suburban father must answer that question when a botched carjacking places his family in the crosshairs of ruthless criminals.
Jason Bennett is a family man and an elite court reporter—so good at his work that he was once selected to cover legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay. One of his skills is the ability to read lips, which his fourteen-year-old son calls his “superpower.” But his life takes a horrific turn when he is driving his family home from his teenaged daughter’s lacrosse game, and he notices a pickup truck tailgating and cutting off their new Mercedes. Two men jump from the pickup, brandishing weapons, and demand that Jason turn over the Mercedes. He complies, getting his family and their dog out of the car. But when the dog leaps at the carjackers, one of their guns goes off. Jason hears a scream behind him, and his daughter falls to the street. Then there’s another gunshot, as one carjacker shoots the other point-blank, killing him. The killer runs back to the pickup truck and drives away, leaving Jason to watch his daughter die.
In his blinding grief, Jason receives a visit from the FBI. The agents inform him that the two carjackers work for a dangerous criminal organization distributing opiates in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The family must enter the witness protection program, or WITSEC. Hiding away, the family crumbles—and Jason begins to lose faith that the government is taking care of them at all. Jason sneaks out one night and discovers a startling fact that throws into doubt everything the government has been telling him. He takes matters into his own hands to save his family and bring his daughter’s killer to justice, risking his life in the process. By the shocking end of the novel, Jason discovers a new definition of himself, shedding not only the identity the government has given him, but the one he was born with.
About the Author
Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirty-two novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, "Justice in Fiction" at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.
Advance Praise for What Happened to the Bennetts
"Scottoline just keeps ratcheting up the pressure in what may be her most emotionally intense nail-biter to date.”
"A Must-Read Book"
"Just might be the best book Scottoline has ever written, a masterpiece of misdirection, where nothing is as it seems, and a scorching character study of a man at the end of his rope who's not about to go down without a fight."
“Explosive new complications in the most relentless of all her mysteries. A high-octane thriller whose hero is tossed into one impossible situation after another. Best started early in the morning.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Twisty, propulsive and exhilarating. From this novel’s first pages, Scottoline caroms us into a heart-throttling journey as the Bennett family must navigate both urgent dangers and their own complicated pasts—all while the clock ticks. What Happened to the Bennetts left me dazzled and breathless.”
—Megan Abbott, author of The Turnout
“An emotion-packed thriller that stabs at the core of family, betrayal, and justice. Scottoline drives the plot at breakneck speed and keeps readers turning the pages. A must read.”
—Robert Dugoni, author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series
"Scottoline is at the top of her already masterful game in this gripping thriller about parental love. From its opening, heart-grabbing pages, What Happened to the Bennetts is compulsively readable, seamlessly delivering one blazing twist after another with relentless pacing. You won’t be able to put this one down.”
—Alafair Burke, author of Find Me
“In What Happened to the Bennetts, Scottoline thrusts the reader into one family’s living nightmare—and their long, nail-biting battle to return to some sense of normalcy.”
—Riley Sager, author of Survive the Night
“This heart-wrenching novel…morphs into a high-speed, action-packed thriller…Fans will get their money's worth."
"Scottoline’s gift for crafting human connections is displayed here...setting this thriller apart from other suburban-hero stories. A good choice for Greg Hurwitz and Harlan Coben fans."
“Clear the calendar before you start reading; What Happened to the Bennetts is so good you may not want to put it down until the hard-won and well-earned finale.”
—New York Journal of Books
“[Scottoline's] best thriller...Fast-paced with so many twists and turns, and I felt like something happened on every page.”
Praise for Scottoline’s Thrillers
“Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn.”
--Harlan Coben, author of The Match
“Scottoline is a powerhouse.”
--David Baldacci, author of Mercy
“Scottoline is one of the very best writers today.”
--Michael Connelly, author of The Dark Hours
“Scottoline knows how to keep readers in her grip.”
--The New York Times Book Review