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All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz
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Irene Stenson is an orphan who was raised by her aunt after the mysterious alleged murder/suicide that took her parents away from her the summer of her 16th year. Her best friend, Pamela Webb, had taken her out for dinner and returned her to a dark house and she knew something was wrong. Her father, the local sheriff, had never left the porch light off and they were supposed to be home and waiting for her to arrive by curfew. Irene never heard from Pamela Webb, daughter of Senator Webb and presidential hopeful, after that night until she received an email from her just before the book opens.

Irene, who left town with her aunt and never returned until now, is staying at a small inn with a series of cabins on the lake. She calls her friend a number of times upon her return to town but can't reach her. Irene speaks briefly with the inn-keeper, Luke Danner a former soldier who has bought the inn to take up writing in his free time, who seems a bit taciturn to be in the hospitality industry (reprimanding her for leaving all the lights on in her cabin -- a post traumatic stress technique because she found her parents in a dark house) and eventually leaves late at night to go to her friend's house. Irene finds Pamela dead, apparently a suicide.

Irene doesn't believe that her father committed murder / suicide and she also doesn't believe that Pamela committed suicide and so the story continues.

Luke Danner follows his guest to Pamela's house and seems to be quite helpful in the investigation. This is following in the theme of soldier PTSD which seems popular right now but also the trauma in the heroine's life of finding the bloody scene of her parents gives them a connection that is sometimes lacking in romantic suspense novels -- commenting on the pros and cons of therapists provides some actually funny dialogue.

I liked this book and while I doubt I would ever feel the need to read it again -- it was good to read once!

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