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Judith McNaught is one of the finest writers of popular fiction, let alone romance novels. She's come up through the ranks of storytellers by penning fine novels vividly imagined with full-blooded characters in extraordinary circumstances. Her ranking as one of the top bestselling writers is no accident — McNaught's talent shone through early with such books as Whitney My Love and Something Wonderful — and in the past few years her fictional sense has become more refined and her stories more powerful. McNaught is at her peak with her new book, Night Whispers, a romantic suspense story that sizzles under the Palm Beach sun. Never miss a McNaught!
Sloan Reynolds is beautiful, but don't let her looks fool you. Inside, she's still the same little girl who once refused to let her mother beg for money from Sloan's father, who had abandoned them both. As a kid, Sloan had a rough life as she tried to keep her emotionally fragile mother from having to humiliate herself before her ex; even now, Sloan manages to hold her own emotional life at arm's length in order to more fully give herself to others. While Sloan is a bit of a hero in the small city of Bell Harbor, along the eastern edge of Florida, she's spent as much time as possible avoiding the spotlight. A cop who really believes in truth, justice, and the law, Sloan has managed to put her ideals before her own needs, and she feels stronger for it. Her mother, Kimberly, has always been more of the child than Sloan herself, and even Sloan's best friend, Sara, has always looked to Sloan for adviceandprotection.
But now, Sloan may be in danger.
A man has been watching her — stalking her — as she goes about her duties, whether it be getting a kid's kite down from a tree, teaching a class in self-defense, or rescuing a child from a deadly fall. Sloan becomes dimly aware of his presence, although she can't seem to pinpoint his exact whereabouts. It's as if portents of doom are on the horizon — the worst of them being that her father, Carter Reynolds, has called for the first time in 20 years to invite her to meet him and her sister, Paris, in Palm Beach. Carter Reynolds is a multimillionaire who left Sloan's mom way back when, taking their daughter Paris with him, leaving Sloan to raise her own mother up from the ashes of a bad marriage and a family tragedy. Now Carter wants back in Sloan's life? Too little, too late, in Sloan's opinion. And then, there's that stalker — Sloan finally corners him and demands that he identify himself. Loaded to the hilt with guns and ammo, he looks like a psycho drug dealer, but it turns out he's FBI.
And Sloan's life takes a turn that will change her forever.
Paul Richardson is on the track of something far more dangerous than anything Sloan has encountered before as a cop in Bell Harbor. He's the FBI agent who's been following Carter Reynolds and his possibly shady dealings for a long while — and he needs someone to get him on the inside of Carter's life. Sloan Reynolds may just be the ticket.
As Sloan discovers that family often has darker secrets than she could ever have previously imagined, the magic of Judith McNaught takes off, and Night Whispers heads like the Titanic toward its iceberg of a climax — with shocking revelations for Sloan.
Judith McNaught has written her most stunning work of fiction to date with Night Whispers. Sexy, smart, and page-turning, this is a must-read. — —Jessi Rose Lucas