This book looks at a woman who has been married 20 years to a man she knows inside and out ... or so she thinks. Sarah and Jack are called back to Jack's hometown. His aunt, who raised him as second mother, has been terribly hurt and is in a coma. Jack's mother and father were killed when he was a teenager. When he was old enough, he left and never looked back. When his aunt dies in the hospital, the sheriff starts looking at the family as prime suspects. Top of the list is Jack's sister, Amy. Amy drinks too much and she's angry all the time. She's the one who found her aunt laying at the bottom of the basement stairs. Then there is Jack ... this won't be the first time he's been looked at when someone has died. There is his cousin who is now married to Jack's high school girlfriend. Little by little, Sarah learns some shocking information about Jack. Being a former investigative reporter, Sarah's first instinct is to find out the truth. But sometimes learning the truth can be hazardous to your health. There is suspense, but it doesn't seem to reach the heights I would like. I liked Sarah - she's gutsy and brazen, yet there were times she came across as being a bit of weakling when dealing with her husband's lies. Jack was okay ... he comes across as being secretive, which was the author's intent, but his justifications for his lies just weren't all that believable to me. The cousin is a bully and his wife seems to want to cause problems for Sarah and Jack. Not a bad read, just not great. 3.5 Stars Many thanks to the author / Harlequin (US & Canada) / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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Heather Gudenkauf does it again. She pulls you into the story from page one. She creates characters and places that are so realistic that you feel like you are a spectator in their lives. She creates a thrilling mystery that is full of twists and turns. This is another excellent book that is worth the read.