by Beverly Barton

September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1034-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Twenty-five years ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it wasn't only the families of the abducted blond-haired and blue-eyed boys that were devastated. Audrey Sherrod's brother, Blake, disappeared during the same time. With their bodies never recovered, it was assumed they were dead. Supposedly having murdered her own son Cody to save him from leukemia, Regina Bennett - a deranged, emotionally challenged, and legally insane woman – confessed to killing her son to stop his suffering, but how many children did she really kill? How many did she think were her son?

Fast forward twenty-five years to the present. Nightmare-inducing crimes are being committed, and the crime scenes are terrifying. As a grief counselor working moonlights for the police, Audrey Sherrod thinks that the new murders are being committed by a seriously deranged serial killer. This, as she finds out, is the understatement of a lifetime. The missing toddlers from the Baby Blue case are turning up one by one - in the form of skeletons, and in the arms of dead missing women. The catch, all of these women have a strange, uncanny resemblance to Regina Bennett.

Special Agent J.D. Cass is helping to find the killer. He is not officially on the case but seems to have answers and has the strings to look into the past of many people, including Audrey’s cousin. Could he be the killer? One problem is J.D. has a teenage daughter who thinks her Dad hates her and with the help of Audrey they may be able to work this out, but will attraction cause problems? Will working on this case together and the possibility of her cousin being the killer hurt any chance of romance

Beverly Barton’s Don’t Cry is a great mystery and if I could rate this book on that it would get five stars, but as a romance I found it to be a bit boring. I keep waiting for the sparks to actually fly sooner. The book is well written and the mystery part kept me turning the pages.

Reviewed in December 2010 by Theresa.

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