by Sharon Sala

November 2002
ISBN: 1-55166-939-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sharon Sala has done it again! Her newest novel Dark Water continues her tradition of intense romantic suspense. Set in a small town in Maine, Dark Water centers on a couple determined to find the truth. Ms. Sala uses this novel to ask the question, should the sins of the parents visit themselves upon their children?

Sarah Whitman has moved on, she is now the successful owner of New Orleans restaurant and has put her father`s disappearance and mother`s suicide behind her. That is until, her father`s body is found in a lake in Maine. Suddenly thrust back into her former life, Sarah is determined to find out the truth about her family and her past. In order to answer these questions Sarah must return to her hometown but she fears that she is not strong enough to face the town alone. Lucky for her, an old friend from the past offers to help.

Successful night club owner, Tony DeMarco grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but he never forgot the man who gave him his first start - Franklin Whitman. Remembering how the town had treated Sarah and her mother after Franklin disappeared with the town`s money, Tony decides to head home and offer his help to Sarah. Can Tony protect Sarah long enough find the answers she is searching for? Can Sarah forgive the town that turned their backs on her and finally find love with Tony?

I found Dark Water to be a disturbing look at a family`s past and how it haunts those left behind. It was an intense but rewarding read. I was sucked into the story almost immediately and found myself shocked, scared, and intrigued in turn. The romance was fast paced and intense, but the story carried it well. The plot had a wonderful series of twists and turns and Sala never quite let the reader see the whole picture until the very end. I really enjoyed this book and can not wait for her next novel. This book is a true winner - run donít walk to buy this one!

Reviewed in September 2002 by Jen.

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