Wealthy architect Reece Daughtry spent 15 years in a Massachusetts prison for a murder he didn't commit. Released on a technicality, he now makes his home in the mountains of North Carolina, building rock fireplaces for a waiting list of clients. His self-imposed solitude is shattered when author Dana Minette asks him to build a fireplace in her new house. Dana becomes more than a client, and for the first time in 20 years, Reece longs to be with someone other than himself.
Then a local woman is murdered in the same savage manner as the murder that sent Reece to prison. More than one person wants him to take the fall, including Dana's ex-husband, the local prosecutor, who's determined to convict Reece in the high-profile case. But Reece won't be railroaded again. Four men were with him the night of the first murder. One of them is the killer. Reece goes underground to discover who's setting him up and why. Dana insists on going along, and against his better judgment, he relents. With both the police and FBI on their trail, it's a race against time and a crafty murderer who will kill again.
©2012 Pauline Iyer (P)2014 Pauline Iyer
The audio was just as compelling now as the book was when I read it a couple of years ago. I’d forgotten many of the details. Polly Iyer, one of my favorite writers, knows how to get into a character’s mind and let you share the emotional journey. The plot takes many surprising turns, with events both pleasant and tragic, that keep you wondering what’s next. The characters, especially Reece, are deep and complex. The settings are rich and convincing, taking you there, and sadly, the tragedies behind this story are real. This is a book to keep and reread or listen to again.
In the beginning, I had difficulty accepting the narrator’s slightly breathless style, but as the story progressed, either he adapted or I did. I’m so glad I persisted. Fred Kennedy handled the emotional scenes masterfully, and one with a dying character brought tears to my eyes. I won’t give away what happens, so you’ll have to listen to figure out which one, but you’ll know. I especially liked his portrayal of some of the minor characters, such as Sheriff Payton and the bartender in North Carolina. Well before the end, Mr. Kennedy earned his five stars.
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