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Letters from Inside Paperback – February 16, 2015
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Be warned, there will likely be spoilers in this review.
I enjoyed the story in Letters from Inside more than I thought I would. I do not usually enjoy stories that involve rape, as the vivid descriptions I've read in some books was overly descriptive to the point of nauseating me. I was pleased to see read that while rape was mentioned, it never got graphic or vivid - it was just enough to let me know what happened.
The story evolves around Jessie, her mother Linda, Carl the inmate who just made parole and Detective Tom Harrington. Detective Harrington's sister was brutally raped by Carl, and was convicted and spent time in prison. We find out in the novel Carl has raped before and had other violent episodes.
Without giving too much of the plot away, we find that Jessie is a teenager whose parents are divorced. She thinks her father can do no wrong, and is upset her parents are divorced.
Detective Tom involved himself in Linda and Jessie's life in order to keep an eye on them, and protect them from Carl, unbeknownst to Linda. As the story evolves, Tom has found a way to insert himself into their lives, and he and Linda begin to develop feelings for each other. After Jessie runs away, Tom comes clean with Linda and tells her who he is, who Carl is and why he, Tom, is in town. Linda, while thankful to know Jessie is safe, is angry with Tom for deceiving her. She leaves him and goes home alone.
Carl does, eventually, come into Linda's home and try to convince her they should be together. I don't want to give the ending away, but I will say I was pleased with the ending.
I thought the quality of the writing, and the storytelling was very good. Setting up the background of the story was done well, and liked that there wasn't a huge information dump.
I would have liked to have seen more tension throughout the story between Carl and Linda as well as between Carl and Tom. Perhaps a little more tension between Linda and her ex-husband. I am still curious about how Jessie and Carl ended up in communication with each other, so an explanation there would have been helpful. Overall, I very much enjoyed Letters from Inside and will be pleased to read more from Teresa Blue.
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There are so many things I liked about this book... Of course there is Tom this tall dark and handsome man that forms this protective bond with Linda and her Daughter Jessie.. Tom is definitely a white knight. Nothing more sexy than a protective, compassionate man. You can definitely feel the chemistry between him and Linda.
I love how this story felt real and not completely fabricated. It had just the perfect amount of creepy, thrill, romance, and all around great story.
This book is definitely a must read. So good.