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Could have been so much better
on 16 February 2002
This romantic thriller has a gripping opening, with Catholic priest, Thommy Madden hearing the confessional of a psycopath who reveals that Maddens own sister will be his next victim. He calls on his best friend, FBI agent Nick Buchanan to protect his beautiful sister and as the pressure builds so does the attraction between the protector and his charge.
I couldn't help being a little disappointed by this book. It starts off so well that you expect the suspence and the sexual tension between the two main characters to continue to build. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. I got the feeling that Ms Garwood was continuouly reigning in the emotions and holding back on the romance, perhaps in the hope that it would make for greater suspence. However the plot lends itself to the building of sexual tension and Ms Garweood did us all a disservice in choosing to underdevelop this theme. (If you want to see how it should be done read Linda Howard's "Dream Man" or Susan Andersen's "Obsession")
There are definately some very nice moments, a fine array of secondary characters and pleasant touches of humour. In fact all the elements are there for a excellent romantic thriller, the 'boys will be boys' relationship between Jimmy and Nick, the insider view of an FBI operation, the heat generated by the central characters forced to live together in a high pressure situation as well as the disturbing inner voice of a madman on the 'hunt'. Yet the book never quite fulfills its potential. Some of the details are somewhat farfetched (I find it hard to believe that a an entire FBI department would be mobilized on the hearsay of one man, even if he did happen to be an agent's best friend and a priest), the 'red herring' thrown in was unconvincing, and it all came to somewhat jumbled and overly sentimental finish.
A good start, Ms Garwood's contemporary novels will definately be ones to look out for in future, even though this could have been better.