Fielding French knows she’s stepping into murky waters when she agrees to prove enigmatic producer Chandler Bentley innocent of murdering his wife. Her promise to her dying uncle involves getting Bentley to trust her, to let her into his life, to tell his secrets. But as a dancer first and an amateur sleuth second, Fielding finds herself torn between the man who raised her and the dangerously seductive lure of the Devil of Broadway.
A lifetime of tragedy has driven Chandler Bentley to insulate his heart from any emotion and focus only on his work. Being an island unto himself suits Chandler just fine until Fielding barrels into his life, pushing for friendship, digging for his secrets, prodding at his heart.
This heat up when Fielding’s investigation uncovers that the late Mrs. Bentley isn’t the only dead woman in Chandler’s past, and now “The Chorus Girl Killer” is on the prowl and in a town where dancing is everything. Fielding must chose who to trust before it's too late. And when she breaks her uncle’s cardinal rule and falls headlong into a relationship with her subject, she must decide who means more to her: the uncle she loves or the man whose heart she cannot touch.
"Awaken the Devil will leave you breathless! A page-turned that captured my heart."
—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.