"Great romantic suspense"
Due to a head injury on the job three years ago, Chicago
police detective sergeant Adam Boedecker remains on the
inactive list. Adam is in no rush to return to work where
he knows he will sit at a desk rather than do field work.
However, everything changes when his peers inform him that
his brother Michael killed his wife and then himself. Adam
refuses to believe non-violent Michael who loved his wife
could commit such atrocities.
Adam sneaks into his sibling's home, violating a crime
scene, to find the only odd thing a prescription for
Valazine. He learns that the drug is a miracle worker used
to battle depression and its creator Dr. Elizabeth "Eli"
Barnes just received a prestigious award for her efforts.
He soon finds seven other violent deaths in the past year
by users of the drug. Desperate to learn the truth, he
travels to Roth Pharmaceuticals to talk with Eli.
Skeptical, Eli soon becomes a believer that her magic
elixir can trigger violent behavior in otherwise calm
peaceful individuals. As the two some fall in love,
someone wants them dead.
THE SHADOW SIDE is an exhilarating romantic suspense that
focuses on the action for much of the plot. The story line
is fast-paced and never slows down until the final moment
of rescue is completed though a key deliberate act (left
vague deliberately by this reviewer) by the villain seems
too horrific and out of place. Still fans of romantic
suspense starring a female scientist with no social life
and a male cop with no life will want to read this thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003