by Lisa Jackson

Septemeber 1999
ISBN: 0-8217-5360-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Have pen and paper handy when you read this book, you’re going to need it!

Lisa Jackson is well known for her ability to have more than one story happening in the main thread of her stories, be it the good guys or the slimy villains, but this one . . . well, this one had so many characters, I had to get pad and pen and write them all down!

The book begins with a father, Dutch Holland, thinking about his three daughters, Miranda, Claire and Tessa. Dutch is going to get to the bottom of a mystery that happened 16 years before. Why, you ask? Because bad boy Kane Morgan is no longer the small town bad boy, he’s playing with the big wigs now as a reporter. Kane has come back to the small town, Arrowhead, to expose Dutch as having paid off law officials because the mystery, a murder, involved Dutch’s three daughters, who’d taken a vow of silence and supported each other’s claims that they had nothing to do with it.

The girls have grown and gone their separate ways, Miranda is a district attorney, Claire is a divorced mother of two and Tessa is a wild party girl. But Miranda had been engaged to the wealthy victim, Harley Taggert.

More and more characters are introduced, each with their own motive, and by the reader has reached the middle of the book, they have to write down names and motives to keep them straight, if they want to have a chance at guessing who the murderer really is.

The downside to the book is, so much is happening, the reader isn’t certain just who the hero or heroine is. But its a book full of twists and turns, and a very interesting read, though the real reason behind the crime is stomach churning when contemplated to full extent. (Was that spoiler enough?)

I stayed up all night reading this one and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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