The 2017 Gold medal winner of the Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction, Come Home by Patricia Gussin, is now available in trade paperback! Grab your copy of Come Home today & enjoy the latest in the best-selling and award-winning Laura Nelson series starring “The Identicals”—an international thriller based on Laura Nelson’s twin daughters, Nicole and Natalie. Come Home revolves around plastic surgeon Ahmed Masud whose wealth comes with strings attached to his family’s Egyptian cotton empire. Ahmed is torn between the family values of the culture he grew up in and the American Dream lifestyle that he has been building in the US with his wife Nicole Nelson who is also a plastic surgeon. Ahmed’s parents insist on seeing his 5-year-old son, Alex. Giving into pressure, and unsettled by medical malpractice lawsuits, Ahmed absconds with Alex to Cairo, endangering everyone and everything he holds dear. Run the gamut of emotions & feel the real betrayal with Nicole’s perfect life crumbling around her. Enjoy this thriller that will make your heart beat wildly as a hummingbird’s!
She is proud to be in good company with fellow Oceanview authors, including Matt Coyle, who also won Silver for Blood Truth, and Joe Clifford, who received Honorable Mention for Broken Ground.
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Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud are a dynamic, highly successful Philadelphia couple. They are partners in a thriving plastic surgery practice, are very much in love, and they adore their young son, Alex. But cracks are beginning to appear in their fairy-tale life: lingering post-9/11 prejudice against Arab men, accumulating malpractice lawsuits for Ahmed, and most recently, pressure from Ahmed’s wealthy family in Cairo for him to permanently return to Egypt permanently — with his son. The Masud family pressure becomes a demand as the Hosni Mubarak regime is seriously threatened by protestors in Egypt. Ahmed’s family owes their control of the Egyptian cotton empire directly to Mubarak cronyism. If Mubarak goes down, the Masuds will surely lose their wealth, maybe even their lives. They need Ahmed back in Egypt to implement their plan to move their fortune and family out of Egypt and into South America. Ahmed must make a decision — stay with Nicole in America or obey his father. And what about their son? Tragic consequences, which Ahmed could have never foreseen, propel both the Masud family and the Nelson family on a path toward unspeakable tragedy. Patricia Gussin’s Come Home is a superbly crafted novel by gifted author with a genuine flair for narrative driven characters that provides a simply riveting read from cover to cover.
—Midwest Book Reviews
|“Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud, both highly successful plastic surgeons in Philadelphia, are married to each other and together run a very lucrative practice. They have a small son who is the very light of their lives.
However, life is never what it seems to be. Ahmed has a string of malpractice suits which seem more than just idle lawsuits. even more unsettling are his family’s demands to come home to Egypt, and bring his son with him. Egypt is unsettled at the moment and the family has decided to have Ahmed help them move their large fortune to other countries to protect it. And also to give his son, Alex, an Egyptian education.
Ahmed bows to his family’s demands, kidnaps his son and travels to Cairo, leaving Nicole to solve his problems. Nicole does not sanction Ahmed’s flight and follows him abroad. By now, Ahmed wonders if he has made the biggest mistake of his life. He realizes he has a life-changing decision to make. Go back to Nicole or follow his family’s orders.
Come Home has the requisite tension, suspense, and action as well as an intriguing plot and characters that play their parts well. Were you to be faced with a similar choice, what would you do?”
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
In coordination with a recent book-signing swing through Pittsburgh, Patricia Gussin took some time to sit down and talk with Trib Live, discussing the inspiration behind her latest thriller, Come Home. You can read the entire interview here.
This month, Patricia Gussin was featured on the cover of West Coast Woman magazine, and was the subject of an in-depth profile. You can read the entire article, which ranges from writing her first novel to co-founding Oceanview Publishing to becoming a New York Times best-selling author, here.
Remember 2011, the year of the Arab Spring? That turmoil in the Middle East provides a backdrop for Patricia Gussin’s fast-paced thriller, Come Home.
Plastic surgeon Ahmed Masud, middle son in a wealthy Egyptian family, is called back to Cairo from his home in the U.S. to help prepare for his family’s future after the Mubarak regime collapses. Their wealth derives favor from Mubarak’s son, who has handed them an Egyptian cotton empire. Also, Ahmed’s parents wish to see his 5-year-old son, Alex. Succumbing to their pressure, and unsettled by medical malpractice lawsuits, Ahmed steals Alex away to Cairo, rashly jeopardizing his marriage and the American Dream lifestyle he and his wife, also a plastic surgeon, have shared.
Readers will be puzzled by Ahmed’s sudden sense of family duty, as was his wife, Dr. Nicole Nelson, who is outraged and crushed by his behavior. Wanting her son back, she rallies the support of her twin sister Natalie and their accomplished, successful brothers.
Then a second crisis hits Natalie, who is in charge of a major program at a large pharmaceutical company. Its cancer drug has tested well and is saving lives with the promise of saving many more. However, people are dying — of constipation. The FDA insists that this serious problem be cleared up. The drug itself is not deadly; rather, the painkillers prescribed to lessen the patients’ suffering are causing the problem. Her career in the balance, Natalie has a difficult time juggling the needs of her company and her desire to aide her sister who is reeling from Ahmed’s behavior. Natalie, however, is up to the task.
The Nelson family hires a major security agency to work on rescuing Alex. The chief of the security team has extensive connections and immediately puts them to use.
The plot runs back and forth among happenings in Egypt, Philadelphia, Uruguay, Belgium and Liberia. The Masud family is under great stress, and Ahmed’s older and younger brothers are power-crazed psychopaths driven to extremes by the threats to the elite Mubarak establishment and by their own greed. There is a race to solve the pharma problem, another to control and relocate the Masud family, and through it all, the chase after Nicole’s missing son.
The author creates some interesting symmetries in the character blocks. The Nelson family has three sons and two daughters, and so does the Masud family. In the Nelson family, all three children are successful in a variety of ways, with the women having prestigious careers. The two Masud daughters seem more highly respected than one would expect in a society in which women seem limited by design. Just as Ahmed’s career as a surgeon is in jeopardy, Rob Johnson — Natalie’s husband — is struggling with a failed business. This leaves each sister with similar additional worries and responsibilities.
Constantly exciting, Come Home is filled with detailed information. We get an inside look at the drug industry, the security business, plastic surgery and, though with less detail, the Egyptian cotton industry. The characters are in and out of various countries, the airports that serve them and the airplanes — mostly private — that whiz them about. All is portrayed with vivid detail.
Similarly, the inner details of characterization are convincingly drawn: the balance of confidence and self-doubt, fear and bravado, hope and despair.
Though we understand the pressures on Ahmed’s brothers and the specific causes of their destructive behavior, they seem a bit overdrawn. These are people without any redeeming qualities, and that absence makes them less credible.
All in all, Ms. Gussin delivers an amazing ride with this original, suspenseful and high-powered story.
On November 9, American Book Fest named Come Home a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards in the Fiction: Thriller/Adventure category.
Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said, “The 2017 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.”
American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.