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"A romantic paranormal thriller you won't want to miss!"

Although the Early sisters had followed in their father's footsteps by making photography their career, their different values had taken them very in different directions. Rose had become a family photographer with a love for technology and manipulating images. Joan, who fancied herself a photojournalist and traveled the world in search of unique subjects for her lucrative coffee table books, eschewed the digital aspect of the industry. Film couldn't lie. Or could it?

The two girls had never been close, which is probably why Rose had ignored the strangely desperate emails Joan had been sending her from England. Now it might be two late. Joan was missing and the only clues Rose has are the proofs sheets of Joan's latest subject, and an autographed horror novel in which Joan had written copious notes regarding her belief in the existence of evil.

The book was an uncharacteristic read for Joan but the handsome English novelist was right up her alley. Rose goes in search of Vic Drummond who happens to be writing a sequel at the home of his late Aunt. She has one question for the man. Does he believe as well?

Intrigued by Rose's contrast to her hard edged sister, Vic Drummond becomes determined to help her solve the mystery of her sister's disappearance. Soon his only goal is to keep her right by his side. As they replay Joan's last days, the trail leads from a bizarre sex club to the local church which has a strange and ghastly effect on them both. Could unimaginable evil really lurk in a quiet town filled with ordinary people? Could their new found love keep them safe?

While horror is a new direction for the novel's writer, romance and otherworldliness are not. Ms. Lawrence is the author of both a virtual reality and a medieval romance series. These two subjects combined themselves well as historical artifacts propel the reader into the world of the paranormal in this intriguing who-done-it. Ms. Lawrence paints a vivid picture of the insidiousness of evil as it devours the unsuspecting villagers little by little over the course of time. The passion between Rose and Vic is just as colorful and one wonders as they do, whether it is real or if they are being manipulated by forces beyond their control. Do you believe in evil? Do you believe in love? If you believe in an intriguing and steamy mystery that will keep you awake at night, DO YOU BELIEVE is a read you won't want to miss. This reader couldn't put it down!

Copyright 2005

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 1, 2006

SUMMARY

DO YOU BELIEVE IN EVIL?

Rose Early is searching for her missing sister Joan. The only clue she has is a horror novel with her sister's notes in the margins. The author of the book lives only a few minutes away and Rose can't resist seeking him out. She understands why his book affected her sister: the author creates an evil so palpable it shakes even skeptical Rose.

Vic Drummond, the writer, knew Rose's sister, and agrees to help Rose find her; Rose expected him to be reclusive and strange, but she didn't expect him to be quite so . . . attractive. As their search intensifies, Rose finds herself inexorably drawn to Vic, but it seems to Rose that their feelings for each other are being influenced by some outside force-she knows love at first sight doesn't exist.

As they come closer to finding Joan, Rose and Vic journey from the local church to a mysterious sex club whose members dress in demon costumes. The more they learn about what Joan was doing in the days before her disappearance, the more questions they have, until Rose must decide: Does she believe in real evil? And does she believe in real love?

 

Do You Believe?
by Ann Lawrence

Tor Books
May 1, 2005
ISBN #0765348888
EAN #9780765348883
384 pages
Paperback
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