Kate Austen has always had a soft spot for people in trouble, but stopping to help stranded motorist Sheryl Ann Martin is a terrible mistake. With her dead husband in the trunk and her killer boyfriend at her side, Sheryl Ann is in trouble. And so is Kate; held hostage in a remote cabin by a couple who can't afford to let her live. Kate's only hope is a desperate run for freedom, but when she is rescued, her nightmare is just beginning.
Abandoned by her husband who is traveling in Europe to "find himself," Kate Austen is left to make a life for herself and her five-year-old daughter. When her socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, and the handsome detective Michael Stone turns to Kate for information about the victim, Kate's life takes an unexpected turn.This is the first book in the Kate Austen series.
"It's good but ..."
Suspense simmers in the suburb of Walnut Hills as Kate tries to figure out who killed her recently divorced friend Mona Sterling. A bottle of expensive scotch and an empty vial of sleeping pills convince the police that her death is a suicide. But Kate has her doubts.
The overlapping threads of two murders lead Kate from cybersex to love sonnets, from a clandestine research project to the deepest of family secrets, and ultimately threaten Kate and those she loves.
"Good story horrible narration"
Attorney Kali O'Brien returns to her hometown of Silver Creek, where her childhood friend Jannine is the prime suspect in the murder of her husband. Kali is convinced Jannine innocent until the evidence begins to mount. Secrets past and present confound Kali's investigation. This is the first in the Kali O'Brien series of legal mysteries.
"Good enough story, but totally predictable"
A split-second decision sends Marta Crawford's life spiraling out of control. On a business trip she meets the charming Todd Wilson and, much to her regret, wakes up the next morning in his bed. Filled with remorse, she tells Todd she's made a terrible mistake and flees, hoping to put her reckless behavior behind her. But Todd won't take no for an answer.
Doctor Sam Russell's wife is missing. The police don't believe his story - and Sam isn't so sure himself since he can remember nothing about the day she disappeared.Detective Hannah Montgomery sees something in Sam and his young daughter that touches her own sense of loss. As she delves deeper, shocking secrets come to light making Hannah wonder whether she's protecting a wronged man or a cold-blooded killer.
"Wow loads of twists but a bit long"
Fifteen-year-old Caitlin Whittington, last seen waiting for a ride home from school, is the second girl in Paradise Falls to disappear in five months. Fears grow that she won't be the last as the town begins to suspect a serial killer might be loose. With her daughter's disappearance, Grace Whittington makes some surprising and unsettling discoveries about her stepson, Adam. When she uncovers information that seems to implicate him, the fault lines of a happily blended family crack wide open.
"HARD TO TOLERATE THE READER.... GOSH...."
Raised in foster homes, 18-year-old Chloe Henderson hopes for a sunnier future with boyfriend Trace Rodriguez and the child they're expecting. On what Chloe thinks is a Sunday outing, Trace pulls up to a convenience store in a rundown San Francisco neighborhood. Chloe is horrified when he robs the store and kills the clerk and a customer, ADA Roy Walker. Afraid of losing the one person who's ever loved her, Chloe helps Trace escape and becomes an accomplice to an appalling crime.
The woman gives her name as Betty. No last name. No phone number. Just a meeting place - a deserted, wooded park on the outskirts of Lake Tahoe. The one condition - come alone. San Francisco attorney Kali O'Brien understands client confidentiality, but something about Betty's urgent request has her a little spooked. The moment Betty meets with Kali, she's shot and killed by a sniper, and Kali barely escapes with her life. She's left with more questions than answers.
"Legal mystery that keeps you guessing"
With her unique blend of courtroom drama and feverish suspense, critically acclaimed author Jonnie Jacobs has won a legion of fans for her Kali O'Brien thrillers. Now the edgy San Francisco attorney is back to handle a simple adoption - and winds up defending her client for murder.... Straightforward and short term: that's precisely the kind of case Kali O'Brien needs at the moment. Yet the Harper adoption makes her uneasy from the start.
Following the death of her brother of an apparent suicide by overdose, Kali reconnects with her sister. To their dismay, they learn that he was the prime suspect in the double homicide of a wealthy heiress and a college coed. As if that weren't shocking enough, Kali also learns her brother might have ties to a young stripper's murder and the disappearance of a 16-year-old runaway.
"better than expected"
Nowhere do startling intrigue and enthralling authenticity come together so powerfully as in the Kali O'Brien thrillers from former attorney Jonnie Jacobs. Now the San Francisco lawyer takes on a case that hits too close to home: the murder of her best friend by a serial killer who steps from the very pages of Kali's own past....
San Francisco attorney Kali O'Brien knows that in the legal system, reality can be shaded, but she doesn't like clients who lie to her. That's what she has in Grady Barrett, a wealthy computer magnate married to Kali's best friend, who is arraigned in the rape of Deirdre Nicholas. Grady maintains that Deirdre's vivid, emotional, and thoroughly convincing deposition is a clever and manipulative web of lies spun to trap him. Then Deirdre plunges to her death from a second-story balcony.
"Doesn't Hold Up Well"
When a local waitress and her five-year-old daughter are murdered, Wes Harding - a former classmate of Kali's who had a reputation as the town's worst troublemaker - becomes the prime suspect. Kali agrees to represent him, but is stunned when he refuses to help in his own defense, and won't explain why.
"Story okay; narration, not so much..."