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Light in Shadow: A Whispering Springs Novel (Basic) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 May 2003
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"With more than 30 bestsellers under her belt, Krentz is primed for another roaring success with this rewarding romantic thriller." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story of Zoe and Ethan is a great read. Theirs is not the traditional boy meets girl romance. In fact, both have problems in their past, both have secrets to hide which have serious repercussions on their marriage.
Theirs is a marriage of convenience but as the book unfolds, the reader recognises what a great couple they are and how "right" they are together.
Throw in a touch of psychic ability, assumed identities, an unscrupulous medical facility and murder and you are left with another winner from JA Krentz.
I have already downloaded the next book in the series.
Its, in my opinion, a really good thriller. You have the two main characters caught up in a three part plot and as each part of the mystery is resolved another comes to the fore to keep the pages turning to the end.The repartee between the two central characters I found very amusing and topical, and the general assortment of wacky background characters that Krentz is renowned for were all present and correct.
For me, who has always bought Krentz for her romances,I found this part of the novel disapointing. The relationship was lacking in something and you did'nt get that sense of closeness between Zoe and Ethan.Not enough time was devoted to building up the relationship between the two and so it was sadly lacking.
So, I give four stars for the thriller and two for the romance.
Zoe has a form of second sight - she can detect in the walls of a room all the emotions of people who have been there. We see this in a very dramatic start to the book when she enters a room she's decorating for a client and feels the walls screaming at her. The client, she is sure, has murdered his wife. She hires Ethan Truax, a private investigator, to prove this. She manages to convince Ethan that a murder has taken place, without revealing the secret of her psychic gift and together they bring a murderer to justice. But the publicity has undesirable consequences for Zoe.
Her psychic gift is the reason that Zoe is on the run. Her husband was killed, apparently by a random burglar, and control of his shares in the family firm passed to her. She is convinced her husband was murdered by someone close to him, because when she visited the cabin where he died, the walls had screamed at her. To prevent this outsider affecting the future of the company, the family labelled Zoe's vocal accusations and psychic experiences as "insanity". The family quietly locked away in a private mental institution and threw away the key.
As if that wasn't bad enough, this institution was badly managed. The doctors conducted illicit experiments on the patients and one of them not only believed Zoe's experiences might be real but even tried to use her as a "psychic investigator" as part of her "research". Worse, the employees assault and even rape the patients. Zoe had some dreadful experiences at Candlelake Manor before she escaped. Now she lives in hiding, afraid of anyone discovering her psychic gift and afraid of people finding she has been placed in a mental institution. She also has reason to fear that there's a killer in her late husband's family.
Unfortunately for Zoe, just when she thinks she might be settling down and even starting a relationship with Ethan, the publicity about the murder in Whisperring Springs starts a ball rolling that eventually blows her cover. Ethan saves Zoe by marrying her and removing her from the control of her late husband's family, but as their investigations into the murder of Zoe's first husband start to show results, can he save her from the killer?
This is the darkest book JAK has ever written. The hero and heroine start a relationship, depend on one another, and finally fall in love, so that makes it a romance. But the world the hero and heroine inhabit is a dark and threatening place. If you like your romantic suspence dark and deadly, you'll enjoy this book.
Personally, I missed the light heartedness and fun of JAK's earlier books and hope that her future books return there.
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