Romance, mystery, angst: London Setterby gets the balance just right in this gothic contemporary about a woman on the run from her dangerous, controlling ex.
Miranda Lewis lands in a place that’s about as remote as it gets—a rocky island off the coast of Maine, where she hopes to get her feet back under her. But the island is not quite the peaceful refuge she’d hoped for. Some of the locals are welcoming, but others are prickly and evasive. Worst of all, Owen Larsen, the one man she’s instinctively drawn to, is viewed with fear and loathing by a good percentage of his fellow islanders. The mysterious death of his artist girlfriend years ago has left a pall of suspicion hanging over him. The tension escalates as a series of violent incidents divide the town even further. Miranda isn’t sure she can trust her gut—especially when every other person seems to think Owen is a killer.
This is an enjoyable, fast read, well written, with shades of Daphne DuMaurier’s classic Rebecca. And it even has a pack of gentle Great Danes named after the British Romantic poets!