When he met her online, she was a woman living in daily fear of her husband’s chilling, systematic abuse. But she had a plan, a place to go, and someone to go with. That was her last message before signing off forever.
Elizabeth Harper vanished while biking alone in Hawaii’s remote Kahana Valley State Park. There was no body, no evidence to suggest what had happened…until Detective Jack McQuinn discovered she was the same woman he’d counseled online, a beauty whose coolly detached surgeon husband already spoke of her in the past tense. Had Dr. Richard Harper murdered his wife, then set up her disappearance? Or had Elizabeth faked her own death to escape him?
Then Dr. Harper’s body was allegedly ID’d at the site of a fatal car crash, the case closed on his wife’s disappearance, and Jack McQuinn turned in his badge. He was headed for New Mexico, to search for two people who’d disappeared into thin air, a woman he’d never forget and a deadly…Double Play.
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To escape her abusive husband before he can kill her and her unborn child, Liz Harper fakes her own death. Months later, she has made a new life under a new name and things seem to be good, until Richard finds her. At the same time, a cop from her former home state of Hawaii arrives, looking for her. Though initially, she doubts Jack McQuinn, soon, he's her only hope of escape. As they run for her life, the two bond, and begin to fall in love, but Richard is obsessed. No matter what Liz and Jack do, or how much time passes, Richard just keeps coming. What can they do to be free to live and love? .................... Though the concept of this book is good, so much time passes between pivotal incidents that some of the suspense is dulled. Nonetheless, the fast paced plot keeps the reader absorbed from beginning to end.
In Hawaii, a 24/7 ¿prisoner¿ of her highly regarded brilliant spouse with no ties to her mainland family or having any friends except as Lulu with Keoki in a chat room, Elizabeth Harper vanishes without a trace. The police consider foul play, but nothing comes of following that line of reasoning Detective Jack ¿Keoki¿ McQuinn reluctantly closes his investigation without learning what happened to her as no clues surface................ Thirteen months later, the police learn that her spouse, the head of a hospital¿s Cardiothoracic Surgery Department Richard, abused her so they reopen the investigation to see if they can find proof that he killed his wife and disposed of the body. However, Jack also considers that she may have just decided to vanish to escape the physical beatings and mental anguish that she suffered from her husband............... The exciting DOUBLE PLAY will remind readers of the Roberts¿ movie Sleeping with the Enemy. The beleaguered Elizabeth knows if she fails to flee she will be dead, but wonders where she will find the courage because if Richard catches her there is no telling how vicious he will become. Jack is a bulldog as he refuses to fully drop the case though it has become cold and he holds little hope for Elizabeth. Fans will appreciate this gripping action-packed thriller anticipating a High Noon showdown......... Harriet Klausner