Blythe has returned to her hometown, a small rural community in Southern Alabama, after her husband's death in order to try to get herself back on her...moreBlythe has returned to her hometown, a small rural community in Southern Alabama, after her husband's death in order to try to get herself back on her feet. Shortly after moving into a small rental house, her daughter Maddie begins to have night terrors and one night, while checking on her, Blythe notices a tapping on the window - where there is nothing that could possibly cause it. When she sets out to investigate if anything odd is associated with the house, she runs across the murder of a little girl that took place 25 years ago and was never solved. Although the child didn't live in the house they are currently in, it did belong to her grandmother, so there is a connection. She decides to go to the sheriff and discovers that he is her pre-pubescent heart throb, a handsome boy who graduated from high school when she was 12 and who has grown into a "devastatingly handsome man." Soon rumors are running through the town that Blythe is investigating this old murder and not long after, her house catches on fire. Sheriff Cade Jackson doesn't believe in coincidences.
That's about all I can tell in a general way without spoiling anything - although the premise is promising, the author bogs down the action with too many details - and this is coming from someone who actually ENJOYS details. However, the detailed description of the Sheriff coming home and taking a shower (solely as an excuse for him to look into the mirror so we would know what he looks like) is just too much - why not have Blythe think about what he looks like now when she sees him for the first time? Other scenes are similarly ridiculous and over-wrought - including the many times that Maddie disappears and we're taken through every step of the search whether we really care by that point or not. Another problem I had with it is the fact that Blythe completely loses any ability for coherent thought any time she even suspects that her daughter is in danger. I don't have a child, so maybe that is typical behavior for a mother - but if so, evolutionarily speaking it is a pretty useless trait for women to become hysterical and run around in circles screaming, sobbing and wringing their hands anytime they perceive their child is in danger. Talk about bringing the wolves right to your door!
I have read books of about this length, when they really captured my attention, within a 3 - 4 hour time span, one sitting. I believe it is telling that it took me the better part of three days to get through this one and several times I considered just packing it in and not finishing. I actually was glad that I finished, because I certainly wasn't expecting the ending, but overall the book is overly-contrived and contains too many extraneous details. I did like the romance aspects, which is unusual for me - but they were subtly done and without the typical "I hate you" "I hate YOU" "no, I hate YOU" etc. until they fall into bed, followed the next day by "oh, God, why did I do that, I HATE you" etc. and at the end they are madly in love and live happily ever after. Phft. So, at least this one wasn't that bad. And the paranormal aspects were good. Other than that, I don't believe this will be one I will care to re-read and will likely be trading it at my local re-seller for something better.(less)
Oh, wow, so I thought this sounded pretty clever, from the title and description on the back cover - but it was TERRIBLE! I forced myself about half-w...moreOh, wow, so I thought this sounded pretty clever, from the title and description on the back cover - but it was TERRIBLE! I forced myself about half-way through it and gave up - the characters are cookie-cutter, the "mystery" - well, I really couldn't care less and was glad the guy was, dead and was actually cheering on whodunit, whoever that might have been (view spoiler)[(although I peeked at the ending because I can't stand not knowing what happens, and it really isn't what I thought) (hide spoiler)] and the main character, Rosie Marie, is a weak-willed, neurotic shrew. The only somewhat likable character is Michael Nash, her one-time paramour, and even he is obviously an idiot for still liking this walking bag of neuroses. Ugh.
A strictly by-the-formula romance filled out the execrable plot, making me want to vomit out of my brain everything I read. This one went into the "sell this" pile IMMEDIATELY (after being flung across the room).["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I no longer have this hardcover edition, so now have a Kindle copy. I read this sometime in the 1990s and remember quite liking it. Will write a more...moreI no longer have this hardcover edition, so now have a Kindle copy. I read this sometime in the 1990s and remember quite liking it. Will write a more extensive review when I have time to re-read it.(less)
I read and quite enjoyed this book sometime in the late 1990s, but so did my ex-husband, with whom I left my copy. I now have a Kindle copy, and will...moreI read and quite enjoyed this book sometime in the late 1990s, but so did my ex-husband, with whom I left my copy. I now have a Kindle copy, and will write a more comprehensive review once I have a chance to re-read it in the context of the whole series.(less)
I read this sometime in the late 1990s. I no longer have the paperback edition, but have a Kindle edition now. I hope I'll enjoy it more in context wi...moreI read this sometime in the late 1990s. I no longer have the paperback edition, but have a Kindle edition now. I hope I'll enjoy it more in context with the rest of the series, and will therefore write a more comprehensive review once I hve the chance to do so.(less)