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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot." (Booklist)

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Fabulous

I bought this on sale - what a gift! Fabulous storyline and narration. The plot had me intrigued from beginning to end.

Thoroughly recommend this to everyone - mystery, romance, intelligence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy

Karen Robards almost never disappoints me and this is a good story. Not her best in my opinion but definitely readable.

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interesting

It was good up til the last few minutes. i didnt like the way it ended, there should have been just a little bit more.

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  • Julie Jones
  • Stevenson Ranch, CA United States
  • 04-02-11

Keeps you guessing

If you can get past the unbelievable twist at the end this is a great book...really kept me wanting to listen and the narration is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Shattered

So interesting, I didn't want to put it down, and when I had to, couldn't wait to get back to it. The mystery kept me in suspense until the very end, although, I had begun to suspect some of the mystery. Very well written to keep the readers attention.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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sooooo predictable

I was hoping for a mystery with a lot of twists, etc. Nope! I think she was getting paid by the word as repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.....

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Limited audience for this one.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

In my opinion, this one will not appeal to many men. The romance is exaggerated, and the love scenes are over worked. I was expecting more mystery, and found myself fairly confident of the culprits early on. One testimony at the end of the book, ties everything together.

Has Shattered turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will continue, on occasion, to pursue the genre. But I will avoid this writer and narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator has difficulty with voice changes required for the character changes. I also seem to recall a few mispronunciations. For some reason, I find myself sensitive to such things, but they seldom detract from the story.

Any additional comments?

It's an unchallenging sophomoric novel with pages of useless drivel. It's unlikely readers will be requiring the assistance of a dictionary for this one.

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Waste of time

A heavy-breathing Harlequin romance masquerading as a mystery, this book is a classic case of false advertising. How many times do we need to be told that the hero is "broad- shouldered," "muscular," "handsome" and "hot"? Or that the heroine is "the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen"? The mystery isn't very mysterious -- but it is very grisly -- and the damsel in distress motif (over and over and over) wears very thin. The narration was ok given the dreadful material, but overall, it's a waste of time.

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  • Holly
  • Bentonville, AR, United States
  • 04-15-12

It was ok....

This was my first Karen Robards book and purchased based on a another's listeners reviews. I really liked Scott's character but felt like Lisa's character was weak. The romance story line was good but the mystery is what kept me listening. Susan Ericksen did an excellent job narrating!

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  • Brenda
  • Gladwin, MI, USA
  • 04-24-10

Good read....

I thought it was a well written book, kept my attention all the way through. Easy to follow. Good narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful