by Linda Castillo

February 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20109-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Nat Jennings awoke one night to discover her son and husband had been killed in her own kitchen and the killer was still there. To this day, Nat wishes he had left her dead too. However, she is the one left with a broken heart, empty arms and a police force wanting to convict her for the murders. It’s no wonder that she attempted to take her own life. Although Nat didn’t die, she lost enough blood to leave her laying in a coma for years.

Now Nat has awakened and gained back most of her strength through physical therapy but she’s also gained something else. Somehow her son is communicating with her from the grave and he’s warning her of more murders of children.

Nick Bastile is back in his hometown of Bellerose, Louisiana after serving six years in prison for a crime he was set up for. During his time behind bars, his wife left him and his son died. He doesn’t have much to live for as he walks out into the fresh air to start a new life.

When Nat shows up at the doorstep of Nick’s father's home, he has no desire to hear her story. After he does, he’s convinced, as is everyone else in town, that she’s crazy. However when another child goes missing, he realizes that although it sounds crazy, maybe Nat’s son really is trying to warn them.

As is typical in most romantic suspense books, just as the story is heating up, so are things between the main characters. Yet, in the case of this book, I found I was much more interested in the search for the killer and not whether Nat and Nick ended up together. The mystery itself held my attention until the wee hours of the morning, as I had to know “who did it?”

Reviewed in February 2005 by Shelby.

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