Ms Krentz is no stranger to me. I’ve read her other historical romances penned under Amanda Quick, but this would be the first contemporary suspense I’ve read of hers. Good thing I decided to pick it up too, ‘coz I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It really is a book worth staying up All Night Long to finish.
Without giving the entire plot away, this fast-paced potboiler set in the sleepy village of Dunster kept me turning the page chasing down the mystery and scandal surrounding a series of unexplainable violence and death. The story started with a flashback to 15 years ago, when Irene Stenson returned home after a late night out with then best friend Pamela Webb, only to discover her parents in a gruesome murder-suicide.
Now a successful reporter in a big city, Irene is drawn back to her hometown by a coded e-mail from Pamela. However Pamela died, apparently of a drug overdose, before Irene got to meet her. Refusing to believe that her friend’s death was a suicide, Irene decided to stay on to solve the mystery, and maybe seek some closure to her own parents’ tragic death. The plot thickens when Pamela’s house went up in flames shortly after she dies.
Before she knew it, Irene and ex-marine Luke, who owns the guest lodge the intrepid reporter is putting up at, are hot on the trail which inevitably leads to Pamela’s father, a powerful senator whom Irene suspects may have played a role in her parents’ death.
Of course, underlying all this excitement is the sizzling attraction between the Luke and Irene. This is after all, a romantic suspense fiction piece, and Krentz is in her element, with strong dialogues, tight plotting and a little twist at the end. Alas, as the book is a library loan, it’ll have to be returned.
Overall, this book warrants a 3.5 rating.