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on 27 April 2012
Plotting and writing a romantic suspense novel is not rocket science. Certain elements are required, tortured childhoods for the main characters, lack of trust and belief in the local police force/town, the feeling of two people against the world and lots of potential suspects. Well written, these can be very enjoyable novels with plenty of action, a fast moving plot, a bit of romance and a happy ever after ending.
This book has most of these elements. Katie and Silas both have tortured backgrounds. Katie is being emotionally abused by her husband. The town and the police force don't trust Silas as a newcomer and Katie because of what her husband tells them. There are several killings and a building atmosphere of fear.
Where this novel fails miserably is that it has no twists in the plot. Ben appears to be an abuser and he is. Ben has a secret background which might reveal that he is a killer and he is. Silas loves Katie so he must be innocent and he is. Katie does not know who her father is and there is only one man in the plot of the right age who hangs around giving her strange looks and sure enough, it is him. Katie wants to sleep with Silas but she is married to Ben but, fortunately, it turns out that the marriage is not valid so she can go ahead (anyway, Ben is impotent so she has not really ever had sex with a murderer). Everything is so obvious it is painful.
The author has tried to differentiate this novel from others by giving it a psychic theme. Silas and Katie are drawn together because he was there at her birth and he can now experience what she is thinking so he knows when she is in trouble and can ride to the rescue. Silas also seems to know what the killer is thinking and doing although he does not know who he is. This is convenient for the plot as it saves any real investigation by the characters who can just react to events. This is lazy writing in lieu of proper story development.
This is a very disappointing novel. You do not expect a great novel when you pick up a book which is clearly romantic suspense but you do expect that there will be some sense of involvement with the characters and a journey of discovery which involves the reader. The plot of this book is very obvious from the very beginning and so is the perpetrator of the crimes. There is no suspense and thus no real excitement.