A PERFECT EVIL (Romantic Suspense) Kindle Edition
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I especially loved how the author managed the number of plots as they interweaved one into the other. This is no mean feat, let me tell you, and she tied up all loose ends as a good author always should. I also enjoyed the character build up of the main protagonists so that they became 3-dimensional people in my mind, and I could relate to them in many ways. This is the true mark of a good author.
Had the author chosen to turn this into a mystery genre novel, she could have done so with very few changes to the plot and characterisation. Still, the genre here is "romantic suspense", and EC Sheedy has certainly achieved this with flying colours. She certainly has my vote :)
"A Perfect Evil" pits the hidden strength and beauty of another battered heart, that of newly widowed Hannah Stuart, against a cold and predatory evil--a perfect evil--against which her dying husband has left her warnings. Sheedy tells a story of daunting complexity that opens with all the ease and naturalness of an intricate bloom. The relationships alone are fascinating; a father of irredeemable psychopathic evil whose deadliest opponent is his son; an investigator retained by a law firm whose senior partner is trafficking girls from Thailand... Ready for a little complication? The investigator--the tough, irresistibly masculine Drake Lang--discovers that the man of perfect evil is the one who has the power to hurt his family most--discovers that the woman his cold, remote heart cannot resist is most in danger from that man...
The suspense is ratcheted up literally from page one, but with suspense, and danger, comes the bond that grows between two gravely wounded hearts as Hannah Stuart and Drake Lang discover the kind of lust for each other that is one way that fear forestalls the recognition of love. As the relentlessly approaching evil exerts its pressure on them--the splitting ax that severs trust and love--it is Hannah's courage and honesty that will not allow misunderstanding, suspicion, fear--the heartbreak of perceived betrayal--to obscure her sure compass of love.
The confrontations in "A Perfect Evil" are high drama, the kind driven by an inevitability of the clashing wills. As Hannah travels this road she grows stronger because in the end she knows she does not deserve to be a toy of chance--or of evil designs--and she can trust herself despite her fears and hurt because she must.
As the plot of Sheedy's novel unfolds, we experience the acceleration, as all the actors in this fateful story are forced to take their gamble: plunging into a house that has become an inferno, staring at a gun that is held by a killer without feeling, recoiling from the final act of compromise with evil, facing the final test of what the heart in love can trust.
Readers will turn the pages in pursuit of answers as suspense mounts and because they care about characters so real and so embraceable; and most of them will notice just in passing--if at all--the artful style on page after page that makes "A Perfect Evil" almost a life lived by readers. Nowhere does this craft exert its magic so pleasingly as when Sheedy pumps into our veins the heat of bodies lost in the touch and brush and crush and thrust of love-making. And yet, we earn this pleasure, in a sense, because Sheedy knows that passion is a consummation and lets us share the rising temperature that finally, at the boiling point, sees bodies beautiful with longing free and unabashed.
"Romantic suspense," of course, does not begin to tell the reader how we find ourselves amidst the priceless antique treasures of Kensington Hall, where Hannah Stuart bids to hide her damaged heart; or how the evil of the past intrudes with all its ruthless resolution to destroy any who oppose it; or how love in all its guises finds her there and will not let her hide from happiness or deny the fire in her body that no pain can quite extinguish.
"A Perfect Evil" is like a life we live, suffer, and embrace in fiction's rehearsal of the futures we must choose.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt. I would have liked more detail rather than just a "summary" told a month later.
There were some editing errors that I found annoying and kept this from being given more than 4 stars. There is no excuse for errors like "lake" in place of "take" other then poor proofreading/editing. If this was isolated I could overlook it, but sadly it was not.