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In the Shadow of Evil Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011
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Romantic suspense writer Caroll (Fear No Evil) combines detective work ethics with construction site surroundings to build suspense and tension between two unlikely love interests. Homicide detective Maddox Bishop is an emotionally scarred man after entering a crime scene in his own home some 18 years earlier and finding his mother's dead body. Set on never opening his heart to a woman, Maddox can't seem to fight the growing bond developing between himself and a potential wrongdoer, Layla Taylor, a contractor and recent victim of heartbreak. Strong wills clash as the two discover they have to work together to unravel the escalating crimes of violence involving every one of Layla's personal and professional contacts. It takes loss of lives and relinquishment of everything, including significant past grievances toward parents, to move Maddox and Layla beyond bitterness before either can embrace a hopeful future. Caroll's work unfortunately does more telling than showing, and the result is a rather clumsily done wannabe love story that gives readers the facts but no feelings for the characters' plights. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Robin Caroll has authored eleven previous books including the critically acclaimed Deliver Us From Evil. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A proud southerner, Robin lives with her husband, three daughters, and one precious grandson in Arkansas.
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If you're reading my review, then you have already read the synopsis and know that the book is about a building contractor who is seemingly targeted by someone trying to destroy her business and reputation. Of course, appearances aren't always what they seem to be. Sometimes they're more complicated. Anyway, during the course of the investigation, a romance starts budding between her and one of the officers investigating the chain of events.
So here is what I didn't find so endearing. First, I'm not a big fan of formulaic romances. You know, the initial dislike and disdain, followed by a lot of unnecessary anxt, and eventually over the course of three days or two weeks or whatever the timeline of any given novel is, they discover that they are soulmates meant to spend eternity together. Secondly, among Christian authors, it always seems to be the heroine who is praying for the salvation of the hero so that she can justify getting together with him. Come on, when is someone going to write a book where the man is saved and the woman isn't? Or even better, where both of them either are or aren't?
Three stars is it for me, then. This book was OK, but it wasn't memorable.