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Hard Truth Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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About the Author
Mariah Stewart is the bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas. A RITA finalist for romantic suspense, she is the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Award honoring excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine. A three-time recipient of the Golden Leaf Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the New Jersey Romance Writers, she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two rambunctious golden retrievers amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Valley Forge Romance Writers, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Romance Writers of America.
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What I love about this author is how she starts each book with a new story to tell and new characters but then brings each of those characters into each of her new books. Every character is somehow connected in some way to the others.
Hard Truth was gripping and after reading it in one sitting, couldn't wait to start the next one in the series. Lorna Temple arrives home, after her mother dies, to sell the family farm and ends up on the trail of a killer and to try and find out what happened to her friend who went missing when they were 9 years old. Toss in a hunky PI, his FBI friend and a writer of true crime and it takes them to places Lorna never dreamed of.
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As a child, Lorna Stiles' best friend, Melinda Eagan goes missing the night of her ninth birthday. There are no clues, no witnesses, she just vanished without a trace. Most of the people in the small farming town of Callen Pennsylvania, believed her abusive mother or her older brother had something to do with her disappearance.
Now an adult, Lorna has returned to her childhood home to get it ready to sell after the recent death of her mother. She is expecting to deal with her feelings and that of her siblings about selling the family farm. What she is not expecting, is the body of Jason Eagon being found on what used to be part of the family farm. It was dug up during the new construction taking place on the backside of the property. His body appears to have been buried there since he went missing a few days after his young sister disappeared. His mother is brought in and the local police have the case sewn up and closed before the ink dries on the arrest warrant. In their minds, they have their killer, period.
Lorna wants to do right by her mother's memory, so she steps in to help Mrs. Eagan. Posting her bail and hiring a Private Investigator to look into what happened all those years ago when the children went missing.
Thomas Jefferson Dawson, T.J., is a former profiler with the FBI, and has been recommended to Lorna by her friend and true crime author Regan Landry.
When three more bodies, all young teenage boys, turn up buried near the body of Jason, all with the same cause of death, Regan's friend and FBI agent Mitch Peyton, pushes to be invited into the case. It seems now they have a serial killer on their hands and he has disposed of his victims in the back fields of Lorna's family home.
Between Lorna, Regan, T.J., and Mitch, new clues are discovered, and they now know in which direction to hunt their killer.
This book was a bit different than the earlier books by this author that I've read. This one was much slower paced. A true mystery needing to be solved. There are no awesome car chases, and our main character is not in constant fear for her life. That being said, it was still very well written. Lots of twists and turns leading you in several directions before the killer is finally discovered. I found every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what was coming next.
I really liked the book, and will buy the next one in the series.