by J.A. Terry

April 2003
ISBN: 1-59330-038-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Aventine Press
Trade Paperback

Hannah Wilcox-Wolfram was one of the wealthiest women in America. Her husband was dead. She was alone. She had retreated to her island off the coast of Georgia to recover from her loss. Finally, one day, Hannah decided to start living her life again. The day an invitation to her 20th High School reunion showed up in her mail, she set herself on a course that could lead to true love or murder.

Arriving in Willaville, Hannah revived old friendships and found a new love. She met and was immediately attracted to one of her old school friends, Jeremy Larson. But something wasn't right. There was a presence that hung over the idyllic world she lived in. Jeremy's wife had disappeared one night ten years earlier. His guilt and anger slowly melt away with each of Hannah's kisses. Little did either of them know that they would find themselves visiting the spiritual world of the Navajo.

The main characters in this story are wonderfully written. They have real depth and emotions. There is growth as they each must let go of their grief and guilt. The secondary characters aren't as well written and I would have liked a little more explanation of the reasons why they did some of the things they did. The descriptions of the waking dreams the couple had were eerie. The goose bump effect was evident.

The only thing the story lacked was a good editing job. Unfortunately, the overusage of commas and other grammer mistakes caused the flow of the story to be slightly choppy and confusing. If you can allow yourself to over look the mistakes and become caught up in the story of Hannah and Jeremy, you won't be disappointed.

DESTINATION UNKNOWN is a wonderfully written debut book. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Jenni.

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