On a sunny summer morning by the sea in New England, Susan Ford’s cocoon of privilege is threatened when an Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to come find her.
Mrs. Ford leads a privileged life. From her Blenheim spaniels to her cottage on the coast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she carefully curates her world. Hair in place, house in place, life in place, Susan Ford keeps it under control.
Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI arrives to question her about a man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house.
Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends but they each see something in the other—something they’d like to possess. Studious Susan is a moth to the flame that is Annie. Yet, it is dazzling Annie who senses that Susan will be the one who makes it out of Detroit.
Together, the girls navigate the minefields of a down-market disco where they work their summer jobs. It’s a world filled with pretty girls and powerful men, some of whom—like Sammy Fakhouri—happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans.
What happened in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is Mrs. Ford lying?
Finding Mrs. Ford, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s debut novel, is receiving rave reviews and accolades across the country. Named one of the five must-read summer mysteries for 2019 by Forbes, one of the top ten summer reads by Good Morning America, and one of the top fifty summer books by Book Riot, Finding Mrs. Ford is a literary thriller in which a woman’s dark past shows up on her doorstep in sunny Watch Hill in the form of a man from Iraq, the FBI who are pursuing him, and echoes of a distant summer spent in a disco on the edge of Detroit.
KIRKUS REVIEWS calls Finding Mrs. Ford, “A compelling, well-written thriller with an effective, twisty plot.” FORBES says, “Once you’ve enjoyed Finding Mrs. Ford, you’ll find yourself expecting more great things upcoming from this author…”. THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW says, “…the story is a fun one, with a nifty twist midway.” FOREWORD says, “The real thrill of Finding Mrs. Ford comes from reconciling the person Susan says she is with the girl she used to be.” And, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW calls it, “An impressively original, immediately engaging and thoroughly entertaining novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style…”.
Novel, Hardcover, 320 pages