I have had the pleasure of reading many of this author's books and have enjoyed them all. The author is a consummate storyteller, able to expertly weave a story together and incorporate many elements of suspense. This one is no exception. Abounding with many twists and turns, this book is sure to keep the reader guessing until the very end.
Marissa Gray was a happy twenty-one year old, engaged to handsome Eric Montgomery, who was the brother of her best friend, Gretchen. When Gretchen died under unusual circumstances, Marissa, an eyewitness to her death, claimed it had been murder at the hands of another friend, Dillon Archer. Unfortunately, another eye witness gave an account that contradicted Marisa's own, and Gretchen's death was labeled an accident. Eric not take Gretchen's death well, and broke off his engagement with Marissa, who then moved to Chicago to start her life anew.
Now, four and a half years later, Marissa returns to her home town of Aurora Falls, a successful journalist, and gets a job working for the local gazette. While on her way to cover a local story, a hooded figure wearing a mask and wig forces her off the road during a snowstorm and almost causes her death.
This incident brings her once again into contact with Eric Montgomery, who is now the acting Chief of Police. When she recounts what happens to her, no one quite believes her, until a series of horrific deaths occur, involving people with whom Marissa and Gretchen had once been friends. Someone in Aurora Falls most definitely wants to see Marissa dead, as well, but who could it be?
The reader will enjoy trying to solve the mystery and will be surprised by the labyrinthine turn of events at the end. Though the ending seems a little far-fetched, this is a suspense filled mystery that will certainly keep the reader turning the pages.
Years ago Marissa Gray and Eric Montgomery were engaged to wed. But when Gretchen, Eric's younger sister, died, so too did their marriage plans. Though everyone in the group knew Gretchen had been drinking when she fell to her death, Marissa knew her best friend had been murdered. Marissa saw Dillon Archer push Gretchen. But her eyewitness statement was not enough for the legal system - and then Dillon disappeared.
Marissa Gray is now a successful journalist. She returns to Aurora Falls to help her family get through a rough patch of life. With her Chicago newspaper experience, Marissa lands a position at the Aurora Falls Gazette. The editor of the Gazette is Andrew Archer. Though Andrew is Dillon's brother, the two are nothing alike. Marissa and Andrew still get along well, as always. Andrew is even married to Tonya (nee Ward), who had been friends with Marissa, as well as with Catherine, Marissa's older sister, until Gretchen's death. (In fact, Tonya had been part of the group on that black day of long ago, yet claimed Dillon had been attempting to save Gretchen.)
The past comes crashing back - literally - when a hooded figure causes Marissa's car to swerve off a snowy road and toward the icy Orenda River. Chief Deputy Eric Montgomery can find no evidence of anyone having been in the road. Even Catherine, who is only one semester away from obtaining her license as a professional psychologist, is having trouble believing the wild story. But then old friends of Gretchen's start turning up dead. Marissa and Eric must come to terms with all the past events, including the intimate feelings they once felt for each other, or the next attempt on Marissa's life just may succeed.
**** FOUR STARS! Better sharpen your wits before you begin reading this exciting story. I found it to be full of twists, turns, and unexpected surprises. Whenever I believed the pieces of this puzzle were coming together, the author tossed in something to blow my theory to smithereens. I never got used to feeling continuously off-balance and I never saw the ending coming. Very well done! ****