Blurb: Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future. . .
Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets–and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs. . .
A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child–and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society–unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever. . .
Review: There were things I really enjoyed about this and things that ended up being annoying because they hit on points that are kind of standard irritants for me.
Caroline’s character was flaky, indecisive and yo-yo’d on her feelings towards Jack to the point that it made it incredibly difficult to like her in any way. Jack’s character didn’t seem all that genuine or believable to me. He was pretty unprofessional as a police officer and after 10 years apart, he still is absolutely in love with Caroline. 10 years is a long time to be apart and still actually know the person. People change at least a little bit in 10 years. You would think that there would need to be time to get to know the person that they’ve become since you last saw or spoke to them. It is even less believable when there was zero contact between the two of them in that entire time. Both the wishy washy attitude and the long term distance, but still love the person no matter what issues are things that kind of drive me nuts. Fortunately the romance aspect of this story wasn’t the main focus.
The rest of the story, the suspense and murder aspects were much better presented. I had a few issues with what seemed to be a smudgy timeline. There were points where it appeared that a whole lot more time had taken place between events, then another event would happen that would make that timeline shrink considerably. I’m not sure if this was an actual error or if it was just written unclearly, but it was enough to pull me out of the story a couple of times to try and figure out what was going on.
While we got a resolution to the murders, there were quite a few details that were left unfinished. Again, not sure if that was just a messy finish or if it is leaving the door open for book 2 to mess with what we got in this book. I’m kind of thinking that it is the second option. Actually, I’m really hoping it is because that would make this as a series a whole heck of a lot more interesting.