Publisher: Kensington; 1st Printing edition
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Source: Received for an honest review from publisher
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Description (from Amazon.com)
The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn t go. Her guilt is compounded by other complications Nikki s favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers. Nikki s fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannah s history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondell s old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake- handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikki s own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amity s murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life…
First off, I have to say that Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors. Although her novels are “romantic suspense” there is always more suspense. In this novel, which is the third in the Savannah Series Blondell is set to be released after 20 years in prison for killing her children. Her son, whose testimony put in jail, is now all of a sudden recanting his testimony. You can imagine the up roar this has caused the town.
Nikki, who is close to the case, is determined to find out the truth but doesn’t realize she is putting her life in danger. As the story unfolds, there are plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. All the evidence is pointing at Blondell but how could someone kill or attempt to kill her own children.
This was probably the first book of Ms. Jackson’s that took me a while to read. I found myself having to put it down and go back to it. Once I got through the first 100 – 150 pages it starts to pick up and I, at that point, couldn’t put it down. I honestly couldn’t figure out “who done it” until the very end. It is so well written that you do not see it coming. The characters were well-developed and you were able to relate at least with Nikki. Sometimes the switch between scenes was a bit confusing especially since I did leave off and then start again a few days later. Overall, I have to say it was a great read for me since I couldn’t figure it out.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: Kelly Ross
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