Blurb: It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death. Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake. Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by step, he’s closing in on her- and everything and everyone she loves.
Review: This is the first book by this author that I’ve read and I was impressed, which isn’t an easy feat for me when it comes to the romantic suspense genre. The suspense aspect of the story was done really well. As a reader that often reads and walks at the same time, it is rare that I NEED to walk because of the story. This one was intense enough to get me up and moving because I just couldn’t sit still. It was either move, or put it down and walk away for a bit, and I wasn’t putting it down.
I did like the romantic aspect and thought it was well balanced with the other part of the story without one piece being heavier than the other (which is something I like). I wasn’t quite such a huge fan of the fact that the time frame for the romance, the characters meeting and falling in love to the point of talking marriage, happens in about 2 weeks. That took away some from some of the details going on in that part of the story.
I got frustrated with the date, time and location timeline that went along with the story. It was great to help understand where everyone was at at the different points of the story, but I ran into at least one that had a typo or misprint in it that put the date way wrong and that yanked me out of the story forcing me to flip around to try and figure out what was going on before I realized it was actually a mistake. After that, I quit reading them because they weren’t all that reliable.
Overall, I really did like this one and look forward to the next one. Hopefully the smaller issues in this one that bugged me won’t be in the next one.