by Brenda Novak

August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2667-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

I believe that itís every personís dream to have a nice home in a good safe neighborhood. When that goal is finally achieved, people tend to believe that the horrors of the world will never intrude into their neighborhood let alone come uninvited into their perfect home. In her newest title The Perfect Couple Brenda Novak quickly shows how that image can be shattered in a moment.

Samantha Duncan appears to be a typical teenage girl. She might not like the man her mother Zoe is engaged to, and attempts to rebel against some of Antonís strict rules, but is that enough to make her run away? Zoe doesnít think so, but when Samantha suddenly disappears from the backyard of the home all three share it seems unlikely that she was abducted.

Zoe is desperate for help and contacts The Last Stand, a victimís charity, and they send their investigator Jonathan Stivers to help. Jonathan sets aside all his other cases in order to help Zoe, but is he doing it because a young child is involved or because heís finding himself attracted to Zoe?

As Zoe and Jonathan work together and lead after lead fails to pan out, their relationship changes. How it affects not only the search for Samantha, but Zoe and Jonathanís other relationships make for page turning reading.

The Perfect Couple shows how easy it is to judge people by their surface appearances, but you never know what lies below. I found it to be a well written book that kept me glued to my seat page after page. From the beginning you as a reader know who has Samantha. What we donít know is if she will be discovered in time to be saved and to have a full recovery even though undoubtedly not as innocent as she once was.

When I turned the last page of The Perfect Couple I was more than ready to delve into another book by Ms. Novak. Over the course of the last year she has become an author I have to read. I am glad as I check over my shelves to see that I have several as yet unread books. I can promise they wonít remain that way for long.

Reviewed in August 2009 by Sandi.

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