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316 pages, Paperback
First published January 24, 2017
What a great romantic suspense!
Eden Collins grew up in the cult her mother created. Life was filled with abuse, rules and a mother who is excellent at manipulation. And ten years ago Eden ran away, determined to never return. Her upbringing gave her insight and understandings of cults and she uses that knowledge as an FBI agent. But when a girl is found murdered back in her home town and a picture is sent anonymously to Eden, she knows she can’t just ignore it, that she needs to return home and help the cops find the killer, even if turns out her mother is the killer.
Zach Owens has been the sheriff of Clear Springs for ten years and he thought he left brutal violence behind when he left the military. But someone has killed a young girl and another has gone missing with no clues, not witnesses to point him in the killer’s direction. His only help comes from Eden Collins, the daughter of the cult leader of Elysia, who might be more involved than she is saying.
Soon however it becomes clear that Eden seems to be the killer’s target. Someone has called Eden back home for a purpose.
He held her so tightly she could barely draw a breath. “Fuck, Eden, I’d set the world aflame for you.”
I liked Eden. She’s tough, a little messed up by her childhood, but very brave in returning knowing it would bring back the demons she’s tried so hard to outrun.
Zach was a great hero. He took his position as sheriff very serious, wanting to protect all the people of his town. I liked that the more he got to know Eden, the more protective he became of her.
The romance was definitely a slow burn. There was no instant attraction, more of a wary distrust at first and a slow development of attraction, which worked perfectly for them.
The suspense was terrific. I loved that I couldn’t figure out who the killer was and at the end the identity of the killer totally surprised me, which was fantastic. The plot was interesting with the cult aspects and all the rules Martha Collins installed based on the myth of Persephone. I found it very captivating.
I really liked the author’s engaging writing, interesting characters and gripping suspense. My only complaint is that I would have liked a HEA or even a HFN ending for Eden and Zack, instead of the open ended one we got. A definite must read for all RS fans.