by Karen Robards

May 2005
ISBN: 0399152806
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Nicole Sullivan has returned to her hometown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina to do an investigative story on a house where one teenager was murdered and two others went missing fifteen years ago. If she has any hopes of saving her struggling career, she really needs this story. Unfortunately she gets more than she bargained for when one of her co-workers is murdered and she is almost killed herself. The fact the new murder is very similar to the fifteen year old case doesn’t escape anyone’s notice.

Police Chief Joe Franconi is new to small town life, having transferred there after almost being killed in a bust gone wrong in New Jersey. With more than one secret to keep, he’s just trying to adjust to the slower pace on the island. Unfortunately, he is the only cop on the force who has any experience handling a homicide. When Nicole starts receiving phone calls and emails from the man claiming responsibility for the murder, he strongly urges her to leave town for her own safety.

Despite the warnings from the police, and the threats from the killer that there will be two more deaths, Nicole knows this story is too good to pass up. Joe has his hands full trying to protect her while she is determined to investigate things herself. Finding they are attracted to each other while in the midst of such circumstances doesn’t help matters, but neither seems to have the strength or the desire to fight the attraction.

I’ve always been a major fan of this author, and continue to be, although I found this book somehow lacking. The pace was slow for the first half of the book, making it difficult to find interest in the story. The story did improve once the main characters started interacting on a regular basis, but by that point I felt I’d been reading the book forever and just wanted to get to the end and see who the killer was.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Jackie.

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