- File Size: 631 KB
- Print Length: 199 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tidal Wave (December 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DWL280O
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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She certainly hadn’t planned on getting involved in a missing person’s case. The plan had been to focus on school and her career long denied. Romance was the last thing on her mind as well. But, when you unwittingly purchase a home with a dark history, one can’t help but become involved. Especially when, after asking a few questions, things start happening that may or may not be the actions of someone trying to scare your off. Good thing your nearest neighbor happens to be not only a police officer, but a very good looking one at that.
What follows is a cozy style mystery that is heavy on the romance side of things. Dani has a growing relationship with the officer next door, Noah Russell, while also dealing with the rigors of being a grad student, and being the target of somebody bent on driving her away. Things slowly escalate as the weeks pass to the Christmas Holidays and snows come to Tyler.
Those who expect a more police procedural style read will be disappointed as this is primarily a romance with a mystery element. As such, not all the mystery related questions are answered and all the loose ends are not resolved. A comfortable and enjoyable read from Texas author PJ Nunn, Shadow In The Pines will appeal to readers who primarily like suspense and romance with a side helping of mystery all combined into a heavily atmospheric tale set in the piney woods of East Texas.
Material was purchased back in October 2013 to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate account.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2015
The h, a newly divorced woman, has just purchased an isolated house in a pine forest and is getting her life in order after the death of her marriage and is intent on finishing her education and getting on with her life. Her only neighbor is a law officer about a mile away and they click right away. There is always a fly in the ointment, however, and she discovers her new home was the center of mysterious happenings and strange disappearances about six years ago. On top of this, she sees someone moving through the woods at times, and feels as though she's being watched frequently.
I liked that the hero and heroine did not immediately fall into bed with each other, but let their relationship, like the mystery, develop slowly and build. there is steadily building sexual tension between the two that flows very well with the story, when they make it physical, it seems very realistic and consistent with the story line. For those who want a clean romance, this isn't one, but it is not a steamy romance either. Emphasis is on the action. There are enough early clues to indicate that the heroine does, indeed, have something to worry about and it seems to be related to the disappearance of several students from a snake lab located within the University she attends.
The first half of the book went very well, tension and relationship building nicely, but it starts to fall apart in the second half. First, if a killer has hidden a body in a house, don't you think he'd make sure it won't be found and traced back to him BEFORE selling it? (Not that the police seemed to be in any hurry to do that.) When the body in the cellar is found by the heroine and the police come in, they wouldn't let the heroine go running errands while they were retrieving it, even if they didn't consider her a suspect (hint: EVERYONE is a suspect when a body is found). They wouldn't have just removed it and left. Her cellar is now a crime scene and would have been closed until they determined if any other bodies were there (especially since they had several never solved disappearances involving that house and area). When they eliminated the heroine, they should have been searching the ownership history of the house to develop other suspects--didn't happen. Research is a wonderful thing if you don't know how certain things work (like murder investigations).
If you work in a snake lab and want to scare someone away to keep investigators from looking closer at what is happening there, does it make any sense to use snakes that can easily be traced back to your lab? Repeatedly?? Even going to the extent of locking the heroine in her own cellar with several hundred of them? Wouldn't it just be easier to arrange a different kind of accident (one that might actually LOOK like an accident) instead of skulking around and making ineffective pokes at the heroine and making it obvious someone is stalking her?
While the action at the end was satisfyingly intense, there were many, MANY loose ends and unanswered questions at the end. For example, WHAT WAS THIS MYSTERY ALL ABOUT? What was the meaning of all the clues they collected? Were they just saved in case they needed a few clues in whatever mystery might comes next? The hero did find that a previous lab director had been caught selling snakes and resigned. Was that still happening and why was it worth the lives of three people? Assuming the body they found was one of them, where are the others? When the bad guys move in on the hero and heroine and it ends with a shootout in the woods, it is never explained why the body of the present lab director is there and is already dead. When the heroine shoots the dead man's former wife in defense of her own and the hero's life, the woman has a previous gunshot wound to the shoulder. Why? At this point, when the mystery should have been fully revealed, it is dropped and you never learn what the details were. The hero and heroine seal their relationship, but the reader is left wandering around in the dark without a good solution to the questions posed in the book.
So, if the newly happy hero and heroine start to sense that there are people wandering about their woods in the dark now, it is probably just the people who read this book and are still trying to figure out what is going on here.