If you ever wanted to read a book about a girl end up in prison for a crime she did not commit and then trying to escape and take her revenge on the people who put her there, this is the book you want. If you want to know how to scam people of their wealth, this is still the book you want to read. If you want to hear about a modern Robin-Hood and at least 5 heists explained, keep on reading!
In his amazing style, Sidney Sheldon brings to life Tracy, a beautiful and independent woman, who is not only smart but also very ambitious and driven. From the moment I started reading “If tomorrow comes” I struggled to put it down.
The story revolves around the life of Tracy Whitney . When she received a call from New Orleans to announce that her mother committed suicide, she leaves her life in New York next to her rich fiance and soon to be father of her child and flies in to attend the funeral. Once there, she finds out that her mother was driven to bankruptcy by a mobster called Joe Romano. Blinded by rage, she buys a gun and goes out to shoot him, only to be outsmarted by him and get done for stealing an expensive painting from Joe Romano’s house (he wanted to claim the insurance).
Then we see her in jail, afraid and abandoned by all. Her story is very close to how a woman is actually treated in prison and I must say I cried when she was beaten and she lost her baby. Tracy was marked to live as a “wife” of a woman named Bertha, who was enormous. Afraid for her life, she plans her escape in detail, similar to the Shawshank Redemption movie. her plan gets foiled when she has to make a choice between saving the life of the prison ward’s child or escaping. Being the gentle soul that she is, she saves the child and then gets pardoned and released from prison.
On the outside, she finds it hard to integrate into society again, there are no jobs for cons and everyone turns her away after finding out that she did time. She does manage to take revenge on the mobster and his boss and I absolutely loved how she played them all against each other.
“I will survive, Tracy thought. I face mine enemies naked, and my courage is my shield.”
In part two of the book, her circumstances change as she starts working as a con – stealing jewelry. She meets Jeff Stevens, who cons her to get her pouch of diamonds and she outsmarts him in the wittiest way possible.
Fueled by a friendly enmity, the two gradually fall in love and know each other better as they are trying to out-do each other and go for increasingly dangerous heists.
I loved their sparking conversations and their wonderful get-together, him nursing her back to health in a small village near the Dutch border.
There is more but you will have to find out for yourself!