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Shattered Secrets: A thrilling romantic suspense novel (Cold Creek) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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About the Author
Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense. A former Ohio State University English instructor, she now writes full time. Harper is the winner of The Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel, DARK ANGEL. She also writes historical novels set in Tudor England. Please visit or write her at her website at www.KarenHarperAuthor.com
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Second I tried to listen to the book and the narrator made the Sheriff the hero in the book sound like a halfwitted buffoon. It was like listening to a redneck caricature of a good ole boy sheriff.
Third I was bored to tears by this book, as the premise sounded great but the execution was horrid. So many false leads and read herrings it try to throw a reader off, all failed miserably.
Fourth the characters have no depth at all. I finished the book, but it truly was a waste of time.
Also what happened to Bright Star and his cult? She dropped them like a hot potato and left that end wide open. Also what about Marva , Jonas and Ann?
She just tied up the romantic angle, which was rather obvious and dull.
karen Harper leaves me disappointed.
In this romantic suspense, the sheriff of a small town (who happens to be the son of the previous sheriff) has to deal with the disappearance of a young girl. This isn't his first encounter with a disappearing child; when he was a teenager, he was supposed to look after a few kids, and one of them hid from him and was kidnapped. She escaped her captor(s) eight months later, but couldn't recall what had happened during her ordeal. Now she's back.
Two decades have passed. Tess is ready to sell the family home and plans to open a day care center in Michigan. Gabe and Tess naturally fall for each other. For a small town, there are any number of odd things about Cold Creek, including an abandoned insane asylum and a mysterious religious cult. But the big horror is the disappearance of another little girl. Will Tess become a victim again?
I have a problem with this book. I read a lot of romantic suspense, and in order to get the romance balanced, I feel that it needs a deft hand and a light touch. This book is almost unrelievedly grim. It's a thriller that seems to throw in a love interest more as a sop to Harlequin readers than because there's any deep and abiding love to be had. I don't know whether Harlequin demanded that a love interest be added, but I think this book would have worked better as a straight thriller - and even then, some humor would have helped. It's too serious for me. Unfortunately, this is the first book of a trilogy and I have the other two entries to read.
I hadn't heard of this series before but have thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the story line was good. Just enough suspense to want to keep reading.