Christiane Heggan has had a long distinguished career writing page turning romantic suspense. I have not read many of her books, but each has been a page turning experience, and her latest work Where Truth Lies is no exception.
Grace McKenzie was once engaged to Steven Hatfield, and before the wedding took place realized that the relationship was not one that would endure the stresses and strains of marriage. She broke the engagement. Now, it is years later, and Steven had died a violent death, and his will made provisions for Grace to inherit The Hatfield Gallery.
The Hatfield Gallery was located in picturesque New Hope Pennsylvania. New Hope was usually a sleepy town, and the murder had stirred emotions and brought back memories of a young girlís disappearance more than 20 years earlier.
Grace reluctantly agreed to go to the gallery, she believed she would organize it, and meet the terms of Stevenís will, and then go about the rest of her life. What she got when she arrived in New Hope was not pleasant, and could in fact find her in a very dangerous situation.
Arrested for Stevenís murder was Fred Baxter, New Hopeís retired police chief. The arrest forced his son Matt home to try to exonerate his dad and find the true killer.
When he and Grace met the circumstances were not the best, and the attraction was subliminal. There was not much heat in Where Truth Lies, but the suspense was superb, and the characters felt like they could be your friends and neighbors.
As the story progressed and Stevenís murder was believed to tie into the disappearance of Felicia the danger escalated, and the need of the reader to ignore life also increased.
Ms. Heggan is unfortunately retiring with the publication of this book. She has done something that many of my favorite authors have not...she has gone out with a huge bang! Readers will surely miss this master of suspense.