Haunted by the past
Cold Creek is a place with a dark history, especially for the Lockwoods. Now adults, the three Lockwood sisters are still recovering from the events that led to the destruction of their family when they were children. Determined to move forward, Tess and Kate are making fresh starts, ready to put badeven deadlymemories to rest and settle happily in the small but booming town. And they're hoping their older sister, Charlene, can do the same.
Char is back in town seeking comfort as she figures out her next move. A social worker used to difficult situations, she soon runs afoul of some locals who think she's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. She's certain something sinister is being covered up, and when she witnesses Matt Rowan being run off the road, she knows she's right.
Working together, Matt and Char figure uncovering the truth will be dangerous, but living in Cold Creek won't be safe for any of them until its secrets are revealed.
Harper takes on the timely and controversial topic of fracking in her third Cold Creek contemporary romantic thriller (after Forbidden Ground). Idealistic social worker Charlene Lockwood is making home visits to vulnerable children in a remote area of the Appalachians when she sees businessman Matt Rowan nearly get run off the road. She pulls him out of his truck before it plunges off the cliff and quickly falls for Matt, the general manager of the new luxury community of Lake Azure. Who would want Matt dead? Could it be the local cult, Hear Ye, which is headed up by a nefarious man named Bright Star Monson? Or could the villain be closer to home, possibly even Matt's seemingly generous boss? As Char and Matt search for answers, they fall deeper in love and try to stay alive. The thrilling finish takes a twist that most readers won't see coming. While intrigue is the main driver of the story, the able, well-researched plotting and sympathetic characters will keep romance readers along for the ride.