by Joanna Wayne

February 2003
ISBN: 0-37322662-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1414
Mass Market Paperback

Becca Smith takes a job designing David Brysonís remote mansion. All her friends warn her not to go there, as they think he might be a killer. Becca refuses to listen and takes a chance on David.

This is a very intriguing story at times it is scary. Very much a romantic suspense.

There is a lot of romance in the story, the passion between the hero and heroine is strong. There is a killer loose in the town and two young woman end up dead. Also there are unsolved murders from twenty years ago. All in all there is a lot of drama and tension in the book.

Joanna Wayne handles the pace well and she manages to have a thread of pure evil through the story. She even has ghosts supposedly rising from the dead to create mayhem! The story has a lot of twists and turns to the plotline and the reader will find it difficult to guess the outcome before the end of the book.

Becca is an excellent character and a very brave young woman. David is very much the tortured hero and I found myself wanting to see behind the wall he built around himself. Many other characters are in the story and not one of them is wasted. The most intriguing one is Claire, a young woman who had been kidnapped and tortured 5 years before and still lives in a state of terror trying desperately to remember what happened to her after she had been kidnapped. The author handles Claire with sympathy, yet manages to project the fear she feels and the difficulty her friends have in trying to comfort Claire.

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked from the first to the last page.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Mary.

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