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Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage - and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape. Once before, Laurel's cries against a monstrous evil went unanswered. Who will listen now?
New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it's up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend's death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a . . .Dark Paradise.
Posted August 3, 2013
This is a collection about crimes in small towns. The premise of each story is promising: big crimes in small towns and the reactions that follow. The unfolding events and repercussions are interesting and sometimes wholly unexpected. Cry Wolf is the best of the three stories.
The characters and situations in these novels do not ring true to small towns: the townspeople are depicted as both small-town-naive and Peyton-Place-depraved, in an implausible jumble. The romances within the stories are intense, hasty, and ill-advised, and are ultimately unconvincing.
Having read more recent novels by Tami Hoag, and finding them well-executed and rich with drama and excitement, I consider these earlier novels to be steps in Hoag's progress toward the novelist she is today.