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- Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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But Summer doesn't really believe in accidents...or coincidences.
However, meeting the hunky firefighter who rescues her after she has risked her life for others is just another in a series of moments that will change her mind about serendipity.
Gabe Duran turns out to be the son of Summer's landlord....and the serendipitous moments just keep happening.
How does the wise old woman named Maxie, who lives in the adjacent condo, figure into the mysterious connections adding up to create a whole new kind of life? Are they part of her mysterious past, or is something else going on?
But not all things coming together in this new place are good things. What is driving the perverted stalker who lives nearby? How will his plot to steal secrets about a life-changing invention somehow connect him to Summer? And who is the man who keeps showing up to supposedly "help" Summer? What is his agenda?
In Name Only is a story about secrets, mysterious mobsters, and how life can sometimes dish up more surprises than anticipated. Romantic moments fit themselves into this scenario as if they are unexpected treats. Some of the surprises toward the end were almost too perfect, but I did enjoy them. Who knew what unexpected connections might form, and seemingly out of nowhere? An enjoyable, somewhat predictable, four star read.
She's a master of dialogue and lean descriptive prose. This passage in the first chapter illustrates her skill with description that always heightens place, character, and plot.
A mosquito buzzed her ear, and she brushed it away. Someone else could be its dinner. For now, no one paid her much attention, at least not from this direction. Flames lit the sky, joined by knotty fingers of black smoke against the royal blue of early night. Firefighters worked everywhere pulling yellow hoses that slithered across the parking lot....The familiar apathy returned. She hated it, wanted to kick it away, drown it in the sea. But no matter what she tried, it remained. Short-lived panic jumped up from time to time, but fear, love, anger--she hadn't felt any of them since she killed the man who murdered her father.
Wow! An incredibly visual scene, packed with emotion and suspense. Summer Newcombe is a beautiful blonde who is in the federal witness protection program; who has had more than one alias in her young life. As the story begins, she hasn't been very long in Padre Island, Texas, her current relocation, when a fire erupts in the Pink Torilla where she works as a waitress--and thus meets the handsome fire captain Gabe Duran. Metaphorically speaking, sparks instantly fly between them. Kilgore does know how to use literary elements to create sizzling scenes!
She also writes credible and lively dialogue to move the story forward. In this scene near the end of the book is a fascinating exchange between Summer and Gabe where the reader is treated to an interesting historical tidbit that plays off their feelings for each other.
He kissed her nose. "Come on. Let's continue our trek along this savage shore. The Karankawa tribe once lived here, you know."
"I didn't know. Were they savage?"
"Not so much to each other. But they ate the flesh of their enemies."
"You're kidding again, right?"
"No. They believed eating their enemy's flesh gave them their enemy's strengths. Didn't pan out, though. By the mid-nineteenth century they were gone."
"Let that be a lesson to you. Never eat your enemy's flesh. Yuck."
"Right. You know, if we find an intact sand dollar by the light of the full moon, our wish will come true."
He laughed. "Not a clue. I made it up."
"You're terrible. How will I ever figure out if you're telling me the truth or not?"
"I am terrible, but I'll always come clean with you. Promise. Uh-oh. Behave. Someone's walking toward us."
Tension. Suspense. They're walking toward a confrontation with the evil protagonist, Jim Packett who is one of the many colorful characters in the story. The other wonderful characters include Charlie, Gabe's father, and Maxie, an elderly woman, and her little dog. Then there's Heinrich, a man Summer meets in the last chapter who has a startling message. Twists and turns of the plot to the very end! I was surprised and satisfied with the outcome.
In conclusion, the multiple viewpoints were smoothly handled, immensely adding to the emotional density of the story, a story I would enjoy reading a second time to catch and appreciate all the nuances. It's a story that would make an excellent film, in a Texas setting that the author knows so well.
I eagerly look forward to another Crime Mystery With a Kiss!
From chapter one, Carol Kilgore pulls you into an adventure. Summer Newcombe, a woman hiding on Padre Island, notices a fire in the restaurant where she works and saves not only all the patrons but the money as well. Who started the fire? Will she have to move again?
And, above all, how can she get the name of that hunky fire captain, Gabe Duran?
Summer is in the Witness Protection Program because her father testified against the mob and even though her parents are not around anymore, she is still hunted. The character is strong. She is capable of solving her own mysteries but it does provide the book with tension and creates quite a thrill ride.
One thing I really liked about the book was the setting. I've been to Padre Island and I felt I was taken back again. The beach, the heat, the customs and even the language brought you into the story and the place.
From the book: "What anyone saw in this godforsaken hellhole was beyond him. Itchy, gritty, and hotter than a naked nun in a hot tub."
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It's a fast light read but it keeps you engages and provides some thought for an issue many of us don't think about, the Witness...Read more
** spoiler alert ** I couldn't put this book down from the second I started reading it! Carol Kilgore is wonderful!Read more