It was called a haven for runaway teens. In truth, it was a nightmare, one thatended in fiery violence sixteen years ago. Or so its survivors believed…
Syracuse news anchor Julie Jones is afraid. Her long-dead past was resurrected when ablackmailer threatened to expose secrets that could destroy her. Then the man was founddead—his throat cut with a knife from Julie's own kitchen. Now a new, faceless enemy wantsmore than money. This time Julie stands to lose the most precious thing of all—her teenagedaughter, Dawn.
Julie finds herself with one unlikely ally, Sean MacKenzie. A journalist with a flair forthe sensational, Sean covers the worst humanity has to offer. Julie Jones is hidingsomething that terrifies her, and he's determined to find out what. He just can't decidewhether his goal is to expose her or save her.
Julie will do anything to protect her daughter. But someone else is watching, willing todo whatever it takes to avenge a past that cannot be forgotten.
Originally published in 2005.
Mordecai Young Series:
Thicker Than Water (Book 1)
Colder Than Ice (Book2)
Darker Than Midnight (Book 3)
Straight-laced upstate New York news anchor Julie Jones has a deadly secret: 16 years earlier, as a teen runaway named Jewel, she fled the besieged burning compound of fanatic cult leader/drug dealer Mordecai Young, with his hidden fortune and her dying best friend's newborn child. Self-proclaimed "Reverend" Young and the rest of his cult, save two other "favorite" girls, perished in the attack by federal agents or so Julie always thought. But when a blackmailer threatening to expose Julie is murdered and two former "favorite" girls turn up dead as well, it appears the messianic madman may be after the daughter Julie has raised as her own. Her only ally is sensationalist shock-jock radio reporter Sean MacKenzie, Julie's worst professional rival. Suspense thrums throughout due to Shane's (Twilight Hunger, etc.) seemingly effortless skill at teasing readers with surprising but believable plot turns. Just as suspenseful in a different, delicious way is the snappy sparring between the reluctantly paired co-anchors; romantic sparks fly between them as fast as witty insults, making this a tasty, tension-packed read.