The past is never over. It just gets dusty.
Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott’s fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was just a farmhand on the Grants’ large horse farm while Lisa was growing up.
After she misses an important court date, Lisa doesn’t get any special treatment from Scott. As punishment, he sends her to organize cold-case files in the basement of the courthouse. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.
Before Lisa can learn more, a series of catastrophes strikes close to home, and she realizes that finding the photo has put her in terrible danger. Determined to uncover the truth, she confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something beyond that of employer and employee. Together they unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could shatter what Lisa knows of her past. And it’s clear someone will go to shocking lengths to make sure certain secrets stay hidden.
©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot." (Booklist)
No, but that's just because there's so many more books in the world. I really enjoyed this as romance and escapism. It's a lovely story
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Ok, so, your mother is dying, your house just burned down, you barely escaped inches in front of the flames (but no burns or scorching), and you decide to go to a PARTY? And spend your time thinking about a hot guy? Who also happens to be your boss. Yeah, absurd.
However, the story has some interesting twists and turns. It kept me interested, though I laughed in several places I don't think we're meant to be humorous. I fast forwarded through the love scenes (which I don't usually do, but these were tortuous). The ending was satisfying, and the narration was good. I'm glad I got this on sale, and didn't waste a credit on it.
I have not read the print version
Plot was good
Not listened before
Book was a bit romancey for me, but still enough mystery for me!
Exciting, riveting, good performance
The story itself was well written and continued to surprise me.
A family full of secrets
I really enjoyed this book. It is wonderfully suspenseful and never predictable.
I can't say with out ruining the book for others.
I will read other Karen Robards books.
I don't like romance novels, and that's what this is, even though it's billed as a thriller. If romance rather than whodunnits are your guilty pleasure, you might like it.
She is always a good narrator - you never are disappointed in her
the moment they found the skeleton.
this is a very good listen - it has one of them twisted endings that I was not exactly expecting.
I would give this a qualified recommendation to a friend. I enjoyed the story and was hooked into the mystery, but grew tired of the whole 'scott disliking (supposedly) lisa' part of the book.
I generally like unabridged books because I don't want to miss any part of the author's words, but during this book I started thinking "abridged books have a purpose." Just like adapting a book for stage or a movie, some editing for an audiobook can be a good thing. In short, It could have been shorter and been just as (or more) enjoyable.
Her voice felt a little stiff and stilted. I think the pacing of the editing added to the stiffness.
I could definitely see this as a movie or TV series. Someone who can do a believable southern accent. Not sure who in the current crop of 'stars,' but Matthew McConaughey as Scott, Sandra Bullock as Lisa, though I don't think they're young enough.
Book is a bit interesting as far the the outline of story goes. It is the amount of needless narrative and the overstatement of the obvious that wears on the listener. This was my first and will be my last Karen Robards novel, until she progresses significantly in her craft as a novelist.
The plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged, but the writing style is somewhat simple and a bit trite. However, the primary downfall of this audio book is that the narrator sounds like a 45 year old uptight school teacher (which is fine) but it doesn't match the main character's persona as a 29 year old attorney with a lot of spunk and sex appeal. The romance element of this novel is completely subdued by this narrator issue.
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