by Barbara Freethy

April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4391-0157-5
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Lauren Jamison never expects to return to Angel's Bay. After her sister was murdered, her family disintegrated. Her mother left, taking Lauren and her younger brother along. Now her father needs her help, even if he won't admit it. He has Alzheimer's and his memory loss has become significant. Lauren comes back to Angel's Bay hoping to convince him to return to San Francisco with her. She can make sure he has adequate care and he will be close by.

She is fighting an uphill battle. Her dad won't even consider leaving his home. Lauren is shocked to find that nothing has changed since she left. Even the bedrooms are exactly the same. Her sister's room looks as though she went out on a date and will be back at any moment, not buried in the cemetery.

When a movie producer wants to recreate the drama surrounding Abby's death, she is horrified. Now she has to deal with everything again, including Shane Murray, her old boyfriend. He was the prime suspect in the murder, but was never arrested. He and Lauren parted badly and she is not sure how she feels. When strange things start happening, it is obvious that someone doesn't want Abby's death re-investigated. Who has something to hide?

Barbara Freethy's Angel's Bay series continues with On Shadow Beach. There are several continuing story threads that cross from book to book, so I would recommend reading the series from the start. It would not be impossible to consider this book a stand alone, but the experience would be much richer if you know all the characters as they naturally evolve in the series. Lauren and Shane have a lot of baggage and dealing with their emotions while danger ebbs around them makes the pace quick but not rushed.

Reviewed in May 2010 by Paula.

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