by Jodi Thomas

April 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22081-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Spring is the time of new beginnings and Allie Daniels and her Nana need one more than most people. Allie had big hopes and dreams, but when her grandfather passed away she shelved those dreams to tend to Nana, who in earlier times had been a replacement mother to Allie.

Allie never resents that she hasnít had the life she had dreamt of as a young woman. However, when an apparent windfall comes their way she does have doubts as to the validity of the claim sheís being asked to make on a piece of property in Twisted Creek. Allie is sure thereís a mistake, as sheís never met Jefferson Platt the man who she is supposed to have inherited the land from, but never one to pass on an opportunity she decides to pack up and move before they decide they have the wrong Allie Daniels.

Upon first look Allie wonders if she made a mistake in moving Nana to this place. However, Nana takes to it instantly, and begins to reminisce about a distant time in a similar place and canít be dissuaded that this might not be the move when they finally lay down roots and establish themselves as permanent members of a community.

The sense of belonging doesnít take long to overcome both Allie and Nana. However, Twisted Creek isnít the quiet serene town it seems to be. There is an evil that has invaded, and needs to be stopped, but it remains to be seen exactly who can be trusted and who canít, and whether or not good will triumph before the town is damaged beyond repair.

Twisted Creek is a story that truly takes readers back in time to simpler days, but keeps them grounded in reality with the ugly truth of how drugs, and their marketing, can so easily invade even the most law abiding citizenís life. Ms. Thomas draws readers in from page one and keeps them riveted throughout the story.

I know that Ms. Thomas has a big historical fan base, but I hope that she continues to toss contemporary readers like myself a nice juicy bone like Twisted Creek.

Reviewed in March 2008 by Sandi.

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