"action packed yet character driven tale"
In Asheville, North Carolina Mary Grace is hospitalized
after a fall down the stairs leaves her battered and
partially crippled. Her husband police officer Rob Winters
whispers a warning to her to keep quiet that he pushed
her. When she begins to heal, she returns home, planning
to disappear with their son Robbie before his father kills
one of them during one of his control freak outs. Two
years later, the opportunity arises and Mary accompanied by
Robbie vanishes. Rob thinks they are dead while many law
enforcement types think he killed her.
Seven years later, the county sheriff finds a car belonging
to Rob in Douglas Lake, Tennessee, but no corpses inside.
Rob goes to the locale and finds evidence in the vehicle
that makes him believe Mary lives and has his son with
him. Irate, he plans to locate her, beat the hell out of
her, and take back his boy.
Living in Chicago, Mary works as an office assistant at
Carrington College under the name of Caroline Stewart. She
and the new head of the history department Dr. Max Hunter
are attracted to one another. However, Rob is coming which
means no one in her circle is safe.
Though action packed, the story line is character driven.
Macho Rob is a sociopath predator who hides his abuse
behind a thin caring veneer. Caroline is not the person he
used to batter, having improved herself once she got out
from under his oppression. Readers will admire her
courage, but feel anguish and dismay at a support system
that failed her while hoping that true justice prevails.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003