by Fern Michaels

April 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7020-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

A traumatic incident left Casey Edwards with no recollection of her past - a past with terrifying secrets that may be better left forgotten. But when attempts on her life become more frequent, it appears that in order to save herself, she must uncover what happened that devastating Halloween ten years ago that resulted in Casey spending the last decade in a mental institution.

Thankfully, Casey has someone she can rely on - Dr. Blake Hunter. Blake is determined to help Casey regain her memory even though there are many who would try to stop him in any way possible - including a murderer!

About Face is written in such a way that although we are given clues as to what may have happened to Casey, the past is as much a mystery to us as it is to her - a sure-fire way to make this book hard to put down until the end! However, I thought it was a bit farfetched that Casey couldn’t figure out on her own what landed her in the mental institution all those years ago with the information she had. While waiting to see when she would learn the truth increased the suspense of the novel, it also had a negative effect, making Casey seem slow-witted and naive.

Also, I had a hard time comprehending why Blake would be interested in Casey since she was an emotional mess with a record and had no idea of her past. His pursuit of her was almost distasteful considering the distress Casey was undergoing. And while Blake gave lip service about not becoming involved with a patient, he definitely didn’t practice what he preached!

Thankfully, there was so much going on in determining Casey’s past, the romance took more of a back seat anyway. As a contemporary mystery full of suspense, I would give About Face a full five rose rating. Unfortunately, as a romance it falls short, as reflected in my final rating.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Nicole.

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