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Superficial romance and simple suspense
on May 4, 2006
Summary: A woman, who is running for her life, attempts to keep her trouble away from her family.
This romantic suspense novel is Henderson's 14th work. Her next one, "Before I Wake," will be released in October, which I suppose gives her enough time to write light, movement-focused stories like "The Witness." For light, clean entertainment meant to be consumed in a couple nights, you may want to look into it.
For my taste, I expected more than superficial romance and more complicated suspense. The story jumps up for a good start, but it slows to a steady walk until the end, even for what should have been the suspenseful parts. Most of book is spent on dialogue like this:
"I've still got some work to do to make sure there are safe secondary locations nearby if needed and arrangements made to have dogs on the grounds, but that won't take much beyond your money to solve."
"Spend it, as much as you need."
"I will. I'll pick up the food from the caterers at four and have it set up by, say, six. Nothing fancy, just stuff that can keep hot easily . . ."
This comes from characters who, I hate to say it, sound like different voices for the same person. I suppose that superficially many of us look alike, so in print, we can sound alike too. But when different people are in difficult or dangerous situations, don't they reveal how differently they think and express themselves, even in light conversations? Murder is a difficult situation, I'd think.