by Maureen McKade

November 2004
ISBN: 0-421-19919-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Maureen Mckade’s newest novel, Arouse Suspicion tells the story of a daughter’s desire to discover what happened to her father and to better understand her family and the man she had always know as Dad. When Paddy Hawkins is found dead apparently having committed suicide, the case seems open and shut even to Paddy’s daughter Danni who is an ex-police officer. However, when Danni is approached by ex-army ranger turned author, Nick Sirocco who was the last person to hear from Paddy, she realizes that perhaps Paddy did not take his own life. As Nick and Danni delve deeper into the mess her police officer father had been investigating they realize that a ruthless and clever killer is out there trying to make sure she and Nick never discover what really happened to Paddy Hawkins.

Arouse Suspicion is an exhilarating novel that takes the reader for a suspenseful ride into the world of theft, cover-ups, and of coarse romance. I enjoyed the entire book from beginning to end. The action never let up and the relationship between Nick and Danni keeps the reader on his or her toes. The book, while at times dark, does have its moment of humor and lightness usually surrounding Gus the dog. The romance seems to naturally follow the plot of the book. As the suspense grows so does the heat between Danni and Nick. The secondary characters in the book are masterfully written, especially the character of Paddy, even though he is dead before the book even opens. This is a true testament to the writing abilities of the author. The sense of urgency that surrounds the novel continues to grow, and as the climax is revealed, the identity of the killer is a punch in the stomach for the reader. This fact makes the book a truly masterful novel that sucks the reader in and refuses to let go until the last page is turned. I recommend this book to any readers who love their romance served up with a great mystery.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Jen.

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