Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.
Now, 18 years later, Bellamy
has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder.
Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her
family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted
publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper
discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed
along with the family scandal.
Moreover, Bellamy becomes the
target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's
murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get
vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
In order to
identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past,
including Dent Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend -- and an
original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on
his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed
memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose
dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.
Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying, she
discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the
people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted
over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't
stop until she reveals Susan's killer.
That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first...
This was a typical Sandra Brown novel. And I do not mean that in a bad
way, in fact I mean that in typical Ms. Brown fashion she wrote a really
great book. The characters were well written and you could actually
relate to them. The story was a great mystery that literally kept me
guess to the very end and everytime I thought I knew the murderer
something popped up that had me second guessing myself. It took me
awhile to really get into the story, but by about the fifth chapter I
was sucked in and couldn't put the book down.
Dent and Bellamy
did a heck of a job uncovering the facts of Susan's death. Their pasts
of being the sister and ex-boyfriend gave them enough reason for wanting
to find out what really happened that day eighteen years before, but it
also gave them the perfect amount of tension towards each other. When
they finally succumbed to that tension it was both sweet and sexy and
not to mention perfectly timed. I liked that Ms Brown waited so long
for them to get together, if they would've been sleeping together the
whole time I think it would've lost a lot of punch since the storyline
was pretty sexual to begin with.
I completely recommend this book
and think you won't be disappointed. I mean really any book by Sandra
Brown is definitely worth the time to read, but I'm a little biased
because she's one of my favorite authors.