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The Bullet

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,073 Ratings  ·  608 Reviews
From former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly comes a heart-pounding story about fear, family secrets, and one woman's hunt for answers about the murder of her parents.

Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been s
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published March 2015)
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Bullet is about just that, a surprise find. A 37 year old woman has a diagnostic MRI due to arm pain and discovers she has a bullet lodged at the base of her skull. And she has no knowledge of how it got there. From there, this organized, French professor's assumptions about her entire life begin to implode. And the story is actually engaging. Caroline's story, while somewhat far fetched, is also interesting to read.

But, and there is a but, there are problems here. There are inconsistencies
Diane S ☔
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this story, it was well written, interesting digging into a past life that she did not even know she had but for me this had pacing problems. Uneven is the word I'd use. Sometimes much talking and than a flying leap into action. Adopted? Not knowing, sure. But then rush around trying to find out everything, being so gullible you are not aware of the possible danger, threats to a killer who might not want to be exposed after getting away with the original crime all those years. Thirty-sev ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked the story in The Bullet. Caroline is 37 years old and during an MRI scan it is discovered that she has a bullet lodged against her spine. The only problem is, she has never been shot. A whole can of worms is opened up by this discovery when her parents admit that she was adopted when she was three years old, her birth parents having been shot dead and Caroline herself being the sole survivor. The killer has never been found and brought to justice. When Caroline goes on a quest to ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
*NetGalley book review*

I listen to NPR all the time for years, I mean my mother had it on in the car while we went on drives, so I'm pretty sure I heard Kelly's reporting before. With that said I was very interested in reading her newest book. This starts right off with a BANG! A shocking discovery of a bullet lodged at the back of her neck without knowing how it even got there. Family secrets come out, drama and you have a very good thriller on your hands. Excellent book for a crummy rainy nigh
Judy Collins
THE BULLET by talented, Mary Louise Kelly an outstanding psychological suspense crime thriller, dark scandalous family secrets and juicy revenge! Love, loved it...glued to my iPod all day and evening, daring anyone to interrupt me.

Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Audiobook (tie), Best Action Thriller & Female Protagonist."

Caroline Cashion, age thirty-seven, beautiful, and single, a professor of French Literature at Georgetown University, well-traveled, cultured, a career she loves and a lovely f
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Cashion is, as she herself admits in this novel, an “unlikely heroine.” Aged thirty seven, an academic with a speciality in nineteenth century France, her days are pleasantly spent marking papers or curled up reading. Although unmarried, she is close to her parents and her two, married brothers, and has a happy and fulfilled life. However, when her wrist begins to hurt, she has a scan to rule out arthritis and this chance medical test changes her life forever when the technician casuall ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG I had to stop reading this book and go to dinner with friends. I was pissed. My friends were pissed that it was all I talked about. Ha! They definitely couldn't believe I was leaving early to get back to my book.

I LOVED this book!! Could you imagine being 37 years and find out you had a bullet at the base of your spine that had been there since you were three?

The secrets and stories that started to unravel after that finding made for such a good book. There were so many plot twists that I
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first 85% of this novel so much that the end of it wasn't enough to lower my rating, although I thought it really started to fall apart at that point. I was disappointed in that last 15 percent, and was not at all satisfied with the conclusion. However, the rest of the book, I found completely thrilling. The main character, Caroline Cashion, was great during this major portion of the story, and I really felt for all she was going through. I cannot begin to imagine how it would be to ...more
Avid Reader and Geek Girl
I was not paid for this review and received this book as an ARC through Netgalley from the publisher.
Excellent book. Thoroughly fact checked and extremely well written. Written in an excellent format that made it very easy to follow. Lots of twists and turn, and action too. A mind-twisting thriller.
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can you even imagine this scenario? Imagine a situation where you realize, after being alive for 37 years, that your history sounds like something out of a Criminal Minds episode. This is the reality that Caroline Cashion is hit with, quite literally, when she unwittingly discovers that she's got a bullet lodged in the back of her skull. People start asking her the same question, over and over; people like doctors and friends and colleagues: "You never knew?" "Are you sure you don't remember any ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is a fast-paced, well written thriller set in DC and Atlanta, surrounding the mystery of a woman who learns she has a bullet in her spine. The strange things is, she has not visible scar, nor any memory of being shot. So the story unfolds as Caroline Cashion tries to discover what truly happened to her.
This novel was an engaging, easy read. I know DC well, and it was fun to read about places I have spent time myself in this book. Beyond that, the story is clever and the premise unusual. My
Melanie Johnson
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down. Caroline is having issues with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and while getting an MRI, finds out that she has a bullet lodged in her neck. At the age of thirty-seven, she has no recollection of getting shot and has no idea how it got there. The rest of the book is a roller coaster ride to find out not only how the bullet got there but who put it there. I will be recommending this one to my friends!
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Here's another prime reason why GoodReads needs to have half-star ratings. While not quite a four-star, THE BULLET by Mary Louise Kelly is good enough to warrant a 3 1/2 star review. With a solid premise, a captivating storyline, and twists and turns that won't quit, THE BULLET is a solid read ... right up until the ending.

RELEASE DATE: March 2015

PUBLISHER: Gallery Books

DISCLAIMER: Novel was sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review

SYNOPSIS: Caroline Cashion, a professor of French lite
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mary Louise Kelly is a gifted writer and The Bullet is an original and fresh mystery novel that should not be missed.

Caroline Cashion, a beautiful young professor of French Literature at Georgetown University is experiencing pain in her wrist. She is diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome and that is how she comes one morning, Wednesday, October 9th, to be sitting in the radiologist's office awaiting a MRI. A procedure that will change her life forever. Lodged in her neck, up against her spinal
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"...Sometimes justice is served in ways that have precious little to do with the criminal justice system..."

There is no way of knowing how life will change. No way of knowing when the phone will ring or a stranger will show up on your doorstep. One minute, life is perfectly normal and the next it is irrevocably changed.

When a painful twinge in her wrist becomes too much to endure, Caroline Cashion heads to the doctor. The MRI results show she has spent the majority of her 34 years on this earth
2.5 stars

Started out with a lot of potential but then spiraled out into the land of implausiblity.

After learning that she has a bullet lodged in her neck, with no memory of ever being shot, Caroline Cashion, a gorgeous but nerdy professor of French literature and linguistics (or something like that) at Georgetown University, goes down a dark road of discovery into a past she never knew she had.

To be fair, the plot is actually the only interesting aspect here and if the MC and supporting charac
April Henry
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jason Schneeberger
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Gallery Book and Netgally for an honest review. The official release date is March 17th.

So what would you do if you went to have your naggingly painful wrist checked out and the doctors found a bullet in the back of your neck, but yet you were never shot? That's the unfolding plot of THE BULLET expect our protagonist Caroline Cashion finds out that she had in fact been shot as a kid on the same day both of her biological parents killed. Now Caroline is on a quest to sol
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I picked this one up because Mary Louise Kelly is an NPR correspondent who has spent years reporting on US intelligence. I was intrigued by the plot and thought this might be an intelligent thriller. In actuality, it is your basic supermarket book.

The heroine is a middle-aged French professor who sits on her butt all day, every day reading books and grading papers, occasionally leaving the library to teach
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & opinions.

If you are looking for a fast page-turner of a book, this is it. This is a beautifully written mystery that echoes some of my favorite thrillers from Chevy Stevens. When a woman discover a bullet in her body that she was never aware of it, it sends her life spiraling in a direction that she never expected. The origin of that bullet and the people around her that it has affected, cause this cold case to be reopened
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I got a free copy of The Bullet from the publisher through Netgalley. So this was really 3 1/2 stars for me. I was really enjoying the concept and the main character in the first three quarters of the book, but the main character changes dramatically in the last quarter in ways that didn't work for me. She goes way out of character, which leads to an ending-- albeit ultimately dramatic and surprising -- that just seems wrong. I did appreciate Kelly's simple writing style and all the details that ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Trying to figure out what is causing her wrist pain,a french literature professor Caroline Cashion gets a MRI and a bullet is found in her neck.

Asking her parents how it got there leads to a couple of other discoveries, she is adopted and her parents were murdered.

This is a great premise to start a book.Coming to realize that her parents murders' were never solved, she starts her own investigation.

There are some good parts to the book but it mostly falls flat.And I don't know why.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Gut geschriebener Krimi, der, trotz interessanter Ausgangslage, leider nur über spärliche Spannungsmomente verfügt und auch nicht wirklich zu überraschen vermag.
Claudia Putnam
There might have been a message here about vengeance and taking "justice" into your own hands and why this is not a good thing, but if so I missed it. And maybe you're supposed to feel sympathetic to this character and maybe you're not, but either way, it's not clear, and anyway I didn't, I thought she was a psychopathic monster, and if I get a gold star for that from the author then I suppose she did a good job, but I'm not sure she's reaching her audience with this message in general.

I think
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This was a good book for a sophomore author. The plot was plausible and interesting. The writing was sound except for two specific things I feel the need to point out. One I will just mention: the ending was a bit anti-climactic and one specific choice the main character makes at the end was disappointing (I won't reveal- if you read this book, you will catch it right off). The second thing I am going to rant a bit about: What does it mean when people say "she didn't look like a libra ...more
Patricia Keefe
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What if you learned after thirty years that you had had a bullet in your neck since you were three and no one knew? That's the hook that Mary Louise Kelly uses to pull readers into the story of Carolyn Cashion. Sheer fear is the motivation through most of the plot of this mystery thriller that I could not put down.

When an MRI reveals that lead bullet lodged in her neck could be the cause of her wrist pain, Caroline learns that she has a past she never knew about. After the discovery of the bulle
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Caroline Cashion is an introverted French literature professor who spends her days teaching classes, researching in the library and going home for tea and maybe a pastry from her favorite French patisserie in Georgetown. Until the day she learns that the pain and limited movement in her wrist is caused by a bullet resting at the base of her skull and to top it all off it has been there since she was three years old.

Caroline's life changes in an instant. She discovers she is not who she thought s
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review
ARC for review.

Interesting premise, but I hoped for more, especially from the likes of Mary Louise Kelly (maybe that's not fair, since she's a reporter first, but still...).

Caroline Cashion is a professor a Georgetown, late thirties, unmarried and super close to her family (who has such great brothers?). She begins having immense pain in her right wrist and her doctor eventually sends her for an MRI....which reveals a bullet at the base of her neck and near her spinal cord. Which wouldn't be t
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Every time I have an X-ray or MRI I wonder if they will find a strange foreign body inside me, when I have a blood test as I watch my blood drain into the tube sometime I go hmm what if I am a missing princess (you know you do it too). So when I received "The Bullet" via NetGalley on Friday I knew every other book and activity would be set aside that weekend so I could read it. It is the story of Caroline Cashion who one day goes in for an x-ray to discover what is wrong with her hand and finds ...more
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Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, and from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the spy beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her firs ...more
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