Sandra Brown never disappoints me. While not all of her stories have been five stars for me, they’re all highly worthy of a mention. Her newest is no exception.
Kerra Bailey’s career as a TV journalist has never been better. And to top it off, she’s managed to snag the interview that’s eluded all others. Major Franklin Trapper has shunned all publicity for the last several years. Now he’s agreed to meet with her, to tell his story as the reluctant hero of a horrific bombing many years ago. And the shocker for the audience? Young Kerra was one of the people the Major saved.
But somebody doesn’t want the story told. Fear of the case being reopened, maybe? Regardless, both the Major and Kerra find themselves with their lives on the line. Kerry escapes relatively unscathed, the Major isn’t quite so lucky. Joining forces with his estranged son plunges her deeper into the mystery of who’s to blame. And of course, romance happens. It wouldn’t be a Sandra Brown without steamy love scenes, after all.
This is what she does best, writing about murder and mystery and love. Another winner from this author!
I’m going to preface this review by saying that this one didn’t grab me right away as many psychological thrillers do. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at the beginning. In fact, I almost gave up on it. I’m glad I didn’t.
Constance is missing. When the thirteen-year-old suddenly disappears, all efforts are put into finding her. Her much loved uncle Karl soon finds himself the focus of the investigation. Through a series of circumstantial pieces of evidence along with a determined journalist, he quickly becomes suspect number one.
Fast forward six years…
And I’m stopping here. If you read the blurbs on various book-related sites, you’ll find more details leading up to this point. But I’m not going to give them to you. Part of the pleasure of this story was the discovery, the itchy inkling feeling I had as I got deeper and deeper into the story. And I’d like for you to have that same experience. So go forth and enjoy!
Rebecca Raisin infused this book with total cliched cuteness. From the bookshop owner who wanted to read all day to the loud hairdresser in a nearby shop to the roving reporter who falls in love with a small town and considers staying… It’s all been done before. But it hasn’t been done like this: with complete honesty about the fact that the bookshop owner wanted her life to be like the lives of her romance heroines. Sarah wanted the perfect boyfriend, the perfect falling in love story, the happily ever after. So Rebecca Raisin has Sarah openly admit what some of us in real life won’t!
It’s all very meta… The whole time I was thinking YES/EXACTLY, followed by THAT’S SO TRITE, followed by BECAUSE IT’S SO TRUE. I felt like I WAS Sarah because I’m a book lover too. And aren’t we all pretty much reading characters we identify with in one way or another?
So yeah, it’s clichéd. But it’s also literary and layered and symbolic and entertaining and relatable. If you like books, that is. 😉