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When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned ...
When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her.…
Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again
Posted December 12, 2012
Twenty-five years ago in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a mysterious man, the "Watcher," liked to watch people and see the secret, private things they did when they thought they were alone. He has been watching a man named Harry Boyle, who he felt had betrayed him. He stabs Harry to death, sets the man's house on fire, and disposes the body. But there was a witness to the disposal, a little girl named Rachel Parker.
Fast-forward to the present day, horse boarder/trainer and riding instructor Rachel Parker returns to rebuild her family's horse farm in Westbury, Pennsylvania after an injury has ended her riding career. But not everyone is happy that she has returned home: the farm is vandalized, and a stalker leaves ominous warnings telling her to leave town scrawled on the walls of the barn, which leaves her scared. And just when you think what else could happen, Rachel's younger sister Sarah Mitchell is in an abusive marriage, and she reaches out to Rachel for help.
As the threats escalate, Westbury Police Chief Mike O'Connor is determined to protect Rachel, her family and his community. An intense attraction between Rachel and Mike is ignited, but secrets from the past have a way of making things become complicated, dangerous and potentially life-threatening for them.
Just when you think author Melinda Leigh couldn't top the heart-stopping riveting romantic suspense drama she created in She Can Run, she pulls out another ace from her sleeve and weaves another romantic suspense thriller in She Can Tell, the second book of the She Can series.
This fast paced riveting thriller is told in the third person narrative with alternating character points of view that draws the reader in and keeps them guessing what will happen next. Rich in detail and vivid description of the scenic northeastern Pennsylvania farm country setting, the reader is transported to the picturesque small town of Westbury, where a stalker/murderer is on the loose and buried secrets are coming back to haunt Rachel and Mike. I love the author's style of writing, the intensity of the drama, romance and suspense is gripping, and the multitude of twists and turns makes you hold your breath and keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. I love the mixture of romance and suspense, it provides a nice balance to the story, and it fills all the reader's senses while taking them on one heck of thrilling roller coaster ride.
I loved how the character development of Rachel and Mike progresses as the story unfolds. Both are realistic and complex people who the reader can relate to. They draw you into their lives and you can't help but feel for them as the intensity of the threats build, as well as the romance, electricity and passion that develops between them. With engaging and humorous dialogue and interactions; a great secondary cast of characters that add to the storyline, including the cameo appearances of some of the characters from She Can Run; and a wonderful sense of suspense and surprise that keeps the identity of the Watcher a secret until the end; makes She Can Tell a mesmerizing story that romantic suspense fans are sure to love!
Each book in the She Can series can be read as a stand alone story. Be sure to look for the upcoming release of the third book in the series, She Can Scream.
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Posted January 9, 2013
She Can Tell is the follow up to She Can Run and I enjoyed it even more than the first!
Rachel Parker has moved back to her home town to run her Grandfather's farm. Her return has been plagued by misfortune, nothng seems to be going right for her add in the recent vandalism and her sister's abusive husband and it's a wonder Rachel isn't a nervous wreck! All the going on bring Police Chief Mike O'Connell into her life and the sparks begin to fly! Getting to the bottom of all the attacks on Rachel proves to be a little trickier than they thought and the motives behind them are even harder to uncover.
I liked the little glimpses of Mike we had in the previous book, so I really enjoyed getting to know him better. Rachel is a good match for Mike, they fit well together. I do hope she lets him in a little more and accepts that she doesn't need to do everything herself though. Hopefully we'll get to see more of them in the future as I really want her sister Sarah to get her own story.
Melinda has a winning writing style, she gives you little snippets into the mind of the killer and likes to utilise flashback scenes to. She really knows how to build tension and suspense and with this installment in the series it as a little harder to work out who the killer was. I have faith that pretty soon she'll leave me guessing right up to the reveal, it's nice to see an author growing and perfecting her craft with each book.
I'm looking forward to She Can Scream and would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense or thrillers!
Posted January 3, 2013
This book did not take me long to get into at all. Let's just say I ignored my hubby for about a few hours so I can finish this book without interruptions. Every time he tried to talk to me, I would glare at him with the evil eyes. I really had a hard time putting down this book. =) I was sucked in from the first page. Melinda Leigh did a fabulous job on this book and now I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series.
Rachel Parker is back home from her travels due to a life changing event that almost killed her. She's now back home training other people to ride horses because she has been told to not ride again due to her riding accident. Instead of having a nice homecoming, she's having vandalism happening at her barn and threats to intervening in her sister's marriage. Rachel was not there for her sister, Sarah when she left and now she is trying to make up for it. One night, Rachel is about to risk her life to save her sister from her drunken husband. In the mean time, she ends up almost killed, but the cavalry arrives in the nick of time to help her. She meets the handsome Police Chief who makes her realize that maybe her ex was wrong about her. Maybe she can truly love someone.
Mike O'Connel, Police Chief of the small town in Pennsylvania, is still getting over the fact that he had a serial killer on the loose for awhile and almost had his friend's future wife killed because he was not there to save her. Now he sees two other women harmed by a man who can actually get away from it due to who he is related to.
Mike becomes attached to Rachel right away and wants to protect her and her family. He will defy his job and everything else to protect someone he just met, but for some reason this woman has changed him.
Not only is Mike having to find out the stalker who is going after Rachel, but he is also helping with Rachel's sister's case with her husband. He is also trying to keep his job. It is kind of difficult due to the fact Rachel is one mean spirited woman who can be hard-headed and stubborn. He will have to get her to open up and realize she needs help....especially from him.
One of the many reasons that I loved this book is that I could not figure out who the stalker was until he finally was discovered. I would think it was one person and then Melinda would put something in the book that made be suggest another character. Ugh! I was getting frustrated, but then when the stalker was finally figured out, I was in shock. I must of missed a clue somewhere. I was definitely not expecting that at all. I loved every minute of being in shock over it.
I had a hard time putting down this book because I wanted to know what would happen and when I got to an end of a chapter, I knew I had to continue on.
I really love how Melinda Leigh switches to different points of views. She even put in secondary characters views as well, like Sarah, and Ms. Holloway. It was great to be another character's head even if it was a little awhile.
I loved both Mike and Rachel and how they definitely were meant to be with each other. Rachel was one strong female character lead and Mike was introduced in She Can Run and I had already fell in love with him then...but this book made the love grow even more. Oh...and it helped with the description of Mike's body as well. (can you say SEXY!!!!)
I also enjoyed the secondary characters, Sean, Sarah, Quinn and even Jack and Beth were in this book as well. Jack and Beth were in She Can Run so it was great to see what has happened to them after their book.
I definitely recommend this book to romantic suspense readers out there and fans of Melinda Leigh. You'll keep turning the page or clicking your e-reader to find out the stalker is. Melinda definitely kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
Just be warned..."She Can Tell" is going to make you want more after you are done reading it. =)
Looking forward to the next installment in the She Can Series from Melinda Leigh.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 30, 2012
She Can Tell takes us on a wild ride of who done it. Even when you think you know you don’t know.
Whenever I read a suspense book I try so hard to figure out who it the bad guy. In She Can Tell I thought I know who did it, then Melinda throughs something in that makes me questions and rethink myself. Then when I think I have it again she switches the focus on to someone else again. And still I think I know, but oh NO.... that can’t be right.
That being said I really loved She Can Tell. I loved the world Melinda created, the characters she developed and the suspense that she infuses in this story. I can’t wait to see what Melinda has in store for us next.
If you love a good romance suspense and have not tried Melinda Leigh yet, I would highly recommend you go pick up a copy of She Can Tell.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Posted November 17, 2014
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