by Heather Lowell

August 2003
ISBN: 0-06-054212-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Harper Collins
Mass Market Paperback

Walking in the rain one night, Claire Lambert interrupts a killer at work. Running for her life, she leaves a vital piece of information behind. The killer knows her name and where she lives. But she can't remember anything about him.

Detective Sean Richter wants to solve the murders, but he's hampered by the fact that Claire hit her head and has no memory of the killer. He's desperate to find the murderer. He wants justice for the dead. Claire is strong and willing to go to any length to free herself from the fear. The killer is determined to bind her to him and finish a ritual that she interrupted.

Heather Lowell has proven that her parents aren't the only ones in the family who can write. Her debut novel is a spine chilling chase across Washington, D.C. Claire is a strong female character who doesn't always need a man to save her. She's intelligent, brave and not afraid to ask for help. Sean is a character with strong ethics and morals. He struggles against his attraction to Claire, knowing that it could compromise the case he is working. He's also smart enough to know that he can't fight against love.

Aidan and Olivia, two of the secondary characters, beg for a story of their own. They compliment the main characters perfectly. While the villian wasn't that scary and the suspense plot was a little weak, the overall story made up for the weakness. The strong characters make this story very much a character driven one.

When The Storm Breaks is a great debut book for an author who has a last name to live up to. As she gains a little experience and with a bit of fine tuning, I'm sure that Lowell will be featured on many reader's keeper shelf.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Jenni.

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