A RITA Award finalist, Romantic Suspense.
When a violent storm hits Graveyard Falls, it unearths the unimaginable: skeletons of teenage girls, each dressed in white and holding a candle. It’s clear to FBI agent Beth Fields that this is the work of a long-standing killer—but could it be the one she escaped years ago? She has no memory of the man who held her captive and murdered her friend. But even though someone was jailed for the crime, she’s always feared that the real killer is still out there…waiting and watching.
Ian Kimball never believed his stepfather was guilty of Beth’s kidnapping or the slaying of two local girls. Now Graveyard Falls’s sheriff, he’s determined to catch the true perpetrator. And when more young women go missing, he realizes he needs Beth’s help. She is nothing like Ian expected, and everything he desires. But if they have any hope of finally ending the killer’s reign of terror, Beth and Ian will need to put everything aside, including their past, their mistrust, and their growing attraction…
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe old age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. Ten years ago, she traded her job as a kindergarten teacher for one as a writer and now has more than ninety romance novels to her credit. She loves penning dark romantic suspense tales, especially those set in small Southern towns. She earned a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her work in Series Romantic Suspense and has received rave reviews for the Slaughter Creek novels Dying to Tell and Her Dying Breath. Rita is a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, and a proud mother and grandmother.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A storm unearths a graveyard. Beth Fields is an FBI agent now, but she started life as JJ Jones. Discarded, she runs away with another foster girl from an abusive situation, only to be abducted and witness her friend’s murder. As a survivor, she carries a special burden. When multiple graves of young girls are exposed after a tornado, she’s part of the task force called in to assist the local sheriff. Ian Kimball picked the law enforcement profession after his stepfather was wrongly convicted of kidnapping and murder. Fifteen years later, he’s sheriff in his home Kentucky county. Convinced the girls in the exposed graves are the victims of a serial killer, he asserts his expertise when the head of the FBI task force tries to minimize his role. Paired with Ian, Beth struggles to stay focused and professional while working a case that may be related to her own abduction. Will memories of that terrible event now return? Is she strong enough to withstand them? Focused on the suspense, this story has just enough underlying attraction between Ian and Beth to stay in the romance genre. Be careful where you put this down late at night.
Ms. Herron takes us back to Graveyard Fall’s after a storm rolled through this small sleepy town. But this is not just an ordinary storm this storm reveals a mass grave. And yet again this small sleepy town finds itself the focus of a murder investigation. I enjoyed this story. I liked the twists and turns that Ms. Herron put in this book. While I did end up guess the who correctly. Ms. Herron made me second guess myself a time or two. I enjoyed watching both Ian and Beth heal from the past and learn that the past doesn’t have to define the future. I am looking forward to what Ms. Herron has in store for us next in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Following an intense storm, dozens and dozens of skeletons rise to the surface. Some were buried many, many years ago. Each skeleton is dressed in white, holding a candle. Sheriff Ian Kimball is determined to catch the perpetrator... especially as more young girls/women go missing. FBI Agent Beth Fields has a secret. Her name was changed many years ago when she escaped being murdered by a long-standing killer. That man was Kimball's stepfather. She has no memory of the man who held her captive and she's always feared that he was still out there. She never fully believed that Ian's stepfather was guilty. Beth is assigned to the Graveyard task force and even after 15 years, she and Ian recognize each other. It's a toss-up how they're ever going to be able to work together ... anger and resentment on his side because he feels his stepfather was railroaded and guilt on her side because she may have caused an innocent man to go to prison. Although this is the 3rd in a series, each one works well as a stand-alone. It's touted as a Romantic Suspense, but there is much more suspense than romance. The story line is excellent .... trying to guess the bad guy before the end of the book is just not possible. There are so many valid suspects and as we all know, not everyone is who they say they are and there are always lies and secrets. The author is adept in tossing red herrings every so often which lead the reader to first this way and then another. I really liked the characters. Beth refused to be a victim, so she changes everything about herself in order to become a strong, independent woman. She works in the FBI. specializing in missing and exploited children. She's determined to save as many as she can. Ian has overcome the shame of being a 'killer's son' to become sheriff in Graveyard Falls. He wants nothing more than to bring closure to the families of all those who were taken and never seen again. I do enjoy Rita Herron's books. She' s a terrific story-teller and I always look forward to reading her latest. Many thanks to the author / Montlake Romance / NetGalley who provided a digital copy for my reading enjoyment.