A New York Times bestselling masterpiece of romantic suspense from the author of Promise Not to Tell...
When Grace Elland finds her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon, murdered, a vodka bottle on his nightstand is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of her past—one that can be no coincidence.
To regroup, Grace retreats to her childhood home, Cloud Lake, where she meets venture capitalist Julius Arkwright, a man who lives to make money, by any means necessary. But the intense former Marine has skills that Grace can use—to figure out her future. And he’s the perfect man to help Grace when it becomes clear she is being stalked.
As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will walk Grace step by step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her as well...
The always reliable Krentz (River Road) pairs up a traumatized woman with a helpful millionaire in this solid romantic thriller. After Grace Elland's boss, Sprague Witherspoon, doesn't turn up for work, his worried staff deputizes her to visit his home, where she discovers his apparent suicide. Grace is saddened by the loss of the motivational guru and shaken by memories of a terrible experience when she was 16 and a murderer trapped her in a basement with his wife's corpse. Her nightmares begin again when Sprague starts sending her emails from beyond the grave. Enter Julius Arkwright, a successful businessman who's eager to help Grace any way he can: seduce her, fix her career, and help her figure out the link between Sprague's death and the earlier killing. As he supports Grace, she helps keep him humble. Two appealing protagonists, a mysterious enemy, and a twisty plot provide all the necessary ingredients for a satisfying story.
Krentz Goes Back to What Made Her A Success
I have read almost all of the books written under her various pen names of Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle; obviously, I enjoy them. What I really appreciate about this book is that it takes us back to the writing style of her earlier books of 20 years ago written under her pen name of Krentz. The book has the usual strong female personality who develops a romantic involvement with an interesting character. But, more importantly, Krentz manages to juggle a good murder mystery and a romance with a sharp wit and humor. Since this book is not part of a series, it was fun to jump right in and enjoy the read...which is just what I did!
Who really wrote this book?
This novel reads like a first-time entry in Harlequin. Not bad but very weak on character development and plot line. Characters are described with little detail, engage in sex but no sexual tension, and have no conflicts. Plot is simple and predictable.
I kept thinking that the novel was farmed out to another writer who couldn't even adopt the originality of Krentz's style. No complexity and I regret purchasing this.
It seems that the author has gotten tired of writing. Very disappointed. Indeed, I would have rated this a 0 but then I couldn't have written a review