Author: Susan Crandall
Read copy: eBook
Published: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Ellis Greene remembers very little about the night of her cousin Laura's murder, but she does recall the face of the murderer. Ellis was the key witness to the crime, and her testimony helped put Hollis Alexander in jail for a long time. With Hollis behind bars, Ellis should feel safe, but the memory of that awful night still haunts her. Determined to free herself from the fear of being attacked like her cousin, Ellis has become an expert in self defense. However, when Ellis hears that Hollis has been paroled, she feels like a helpless teenager again—and she isn't the only one who notices that he's free.
Laura's boyfriend Nate was one of the prime suspects for her murder. After the court case, many still believed that Nate was guilty and he left town to reinvent himself. Now, fifteen years later, he has returned to protect Ellis from suffering the same fate as her cousin. As soon as Ellis and Nate see one another, sparks fly. But Ellis hasn't let herself fall for a man in a long time, and she isn't sure whether she can trust Nate. As Laura's murderer zeroes in on Ellis as his next target, she must fight to stay alive while she finally discovers her true feelings about Nate.
Finally my perseverance with this author has paid off. I actually liked this book quite a bit (more than the previous ones I read by this author). The suspense was gripping, the villain a mystery until the end, the tension palpable, the hero and heroine were rather likable characters, the mysteries were plenty and so were the lies and half-truths.
Granted, it wasn't a masterpiece of romantic suspense fiction (especially due to the severe lack of romance), but definitely the best I read by this author.