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One Deadly Sin Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2009
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TERRIFIC PRAISE FOR ANNIE SOLOMON AND HER BOOKS:
"Hooks you from the first page and never lets you go...Rising fast to the top of the romantic suspense genre, Solomon doesn't disappoint."
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
"An enticing read...Solomon's latest is twisty and diverting, with well-written action sequences and a winning lead." --Publishers Weekly
LIKE A KNIFE:
"A nail biter through and through. Absolutely riveting." --Iris Johansen
About the Author
A native New Yorker, RITA-winning author Annie Solomon has been dreaming up stories since she was ten. After a twelve-year career in advertising, where she rose to Vice President and Head Writer at a mid-size agency, she abandoned the air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps of her professional life for her first love--romance. An avid knitter and mother of a daughter attending college, she now lives in Nashville with her husband. You can visit her Web site at www.anniesolomon.net.
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The characters are very well written. Plenty of depth to their personalities:
~The lead male is definitely heroic. He's a single dad who is working as the town police chief. To help raise his daughter after his wife's death, Holt is living with his parents in the same home he grew up in. No one has awakened his soul in the five years since Cindy died. Now, a dark angel rides into town and shocks both his body and soul to attention.
~The lead female is a self-made misfit. She'd rather die than be like the carbon- copy blondes, wearing pastels and fussy hairdos, around the sleepy town of Redbud. She has returned to this, the town of her birth, for one reason: revenge upon those who caused her mother's and father's deaths. Riding in on a Harley, wearing black leather, black hair, and tattoos, Edie is quick to receive local scorn. The people don't want her type around... Too bad. She's not leaving until she gets what she came for. Armed with a big city attitude and a list of her enemies names, she can't wait to stir things up.
~Many other characters are involved and most are just as well fleshed out. A couple ended up being a little too 80's- horror- film- cliche, but that didn't happen until the end of the book.
~The scenes and situations are very well told. When the heroine is thrown in prison, you feel as if you are there with her. Great writing.
~All told, the mystery and suspense are terrific throughout the book. The romance is intense and deep, but the love scenes are mild. The first chapter, which was only a couple pages long, made no sense at all. Then the second chapter kicks in with the real story.
My reasons for making this a 3.5- star rating are listed below, but note the spoiler alert. In the end, it's a worthwhile read.
Unfortunately, the author lets the reader down in the end. She had spent hundreds of pages keeping us guessing between a few possible suspects. All of them made sense, and any of them would have been a great choice for the murderer. Sadly, the author copped-out and threw in the old "psychotic killer you never suspected" ending from out of nowhere. The killer proceeds to then spell out how everything happened in a matter of a couple of sentences. Instead of being a shocking/ chilling answer to the mystery, it was an eye-rolling "oh please" ending.
Another thing that bothered me was that fact that Holt's father never had to pay any consequences for his part in destroying Edie's family. Nor was he prosecuted for trashing her hotel room in an effort to frighten her into fleeing... which would have lead to her being thrown in jail. He was totally stoic about it, only giving a quick apology after he was caught in his lies. Edie suddenly became the queen of forgiveness, while Holt stood strong in his disapproval of his dad's actions. So Edie threatens to leave Holt if he won't forgive his dad? A man and a woman died, a child's life was devastated, and an innocent woman almost spent the rest of her life in prison for murders she didn't commit... but Holt's dad said nothing. I'm with Holt. Dad deserves his son's scorn.
END SPOILER ALERT
Hopefully, as the author gets more books under her belt, the she'll get more gutsy about her endings. I'd love to read more from her. There were also a couple of bad editing errors... one minute Edie sees a guy lying asleep on the couch, the next she is wondering where he is...but I still enjoyed the book.
If you like romantic suspense, here are a few I love:
Unlawful Contact (I-Team Series, Book 3) (You don't need to read the two books before this one. They are good, but not as good as this third in the series.)
Thread of Fear
Cry No More
Edie Swan has come back to a town she left at the age of 10 when the death of her father, who was accused of embezzelment, sent her mother into a mental hospital and her into her aunt's home. Alone and shifted from pillar to post she has survived and now she wants answers.
Sheriff Holt Drennen has returned to town after the death of his wife, five years ago. He needed help to raise his young daughter. From the first time he sees Edie, he is attracted to her. The more he sees her the more he wants her. Edie feels the same but how can she get close to the Sheriff when she is sending black angels to the five men she blames for her father's death.
Whether thay caused his death or not, she doesn't know but she wants answers. When the men start to die one by one, she is frightened. It seems she has opened a can of worms and now someone else may be using her to settle old accounts.
The story is fast paced. The romance is hot and the story is filled with twists and turns. Can Holt save the woman he loves from her own actions? The answers are so totally out there, I had no idea who was doing what until the end. Very good read.