Laura Griffith enjoyed her quiet, simple life as a librarian- that is until her sixteen-year-old sister comes to live with her. Darcy is stubborn, rebellious, and craves independence. Ultimately, Darcy chooses to run away thinking she can craft the life she's always dreamed of away from her sister's rules. When Laura discovers Darcy has disappeared, she fears for her sister's safety as the frigid temperatures continue to dive. To aid in the search, she hires private investigator, Dev Devlin. As Dev and Laura seek clues around town at local homeless shelters, a more ominous scenario begins to take shape- that perhaps Darcy has been kidnapped. And the more they find as time begins running out, the creepier the scenario becomes until finally, not only is Darcy's life in danger, but so is Laura's as she tries to save her sister from an unstable, psychopath living in his own fabricated version of reality.
I was eager to plunge into this next book of Hannon's Private Justice series to delve into Phoenix's next investigation- and of course the undeniable romance that would blossom with the second member of the PI team, Dev Devlin. While I would have liked to see the romance element developed a little more between Dev and Laura, the plot was filled with suspense and an underlying thread of fear that perhaps Darcy wouldn't be found. The storyline was a little dark, but still a good read.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher in any way for this review.
Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine adn the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspence. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. To learn more about Irene Hannon, visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.