From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Robards (Superstition
) opens her latest romantic thriller with a bang by placing her heroine, assistant district attorney Sarah Mason of Beaufort County, S.C., in the midst of a convenience store robbery gone wrong. A cashier is shot to death, Mason is wounded in the head and a young girl, who was hiding in the store during the gunplay, vanishes. Mason, who has thrown herself into her work with a vengeance since the disappearance of her five-year-old daughter, Lexie, 10 years earlier, becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. The action rarely lets up, except for the many sexually charged scenes devoted to Mason's initially platonic relationship with PI Jake Hogan, "the closest thing to family" she has left, who worked as a detective on Lexie's case and who routinely comes to her rescue during this new case. The plot, with its suggestions that the holdup was not a random act and eerie phone calls apparently from a Lexie who hasn't aged, will keep readers turning the pages. Author tour. (Apr.)
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For seven years, South Carolina assistant district attorney Sarah Mason has just been going through the motions, trying to forget the day her daughter, Lexie, was taken. Sarah has never forgiven herself and has lived a monastic life, except for her friendship with Jake, an ex-FBI agent turned private detective. Now she is caught in a convenience store robbery. Before the twitchy thugs shoot her and a scared little girl, Sarah grabs her and makes a run for it, although she is hit by a bullet. Sarah insists on going back to work once she is out of the hospital, but she is receiving taunting calls and messages containing information known only to Lexie and her kidnappers. Jake tries to find out who is torturing Sarah and why now, when the trail of her daughter has gone cold long ago, all while preoccupied with sorting out his feelings for Sarah. Robards offers heartfelt insights into the agony and desperation experienced by adults whose children are abducted, and she delivers a knockout romantic thriller. Patty EngelmannCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved