"An Intriguing Tale of Mystery and Fate"
Stuck in traffic, Dr. Alec Edwards has reason to be
relieved. He'd had no desire to attend the hospital
fundraiser he was about to miss. Fate had more in store for
him, as he would soon learn that there were worse terrors
than being fixed up with the boss' insanely possessive
daughter.....like the drunk driver coming in the opposite
direction. The car careened over the barrier dividing the
highway, and for a second Alec had been certain his number
was up. Instead he'd escaped unscathed, the woman in the
car behind him had not.
Pulling himself together his physician's instincts kick in.
There is nothing he can do for the man who'd caused the
accident, but the woman in the other vehicle was still
alive, and some mysterious premonition tells him he is the
only one who can save her. As Alec offers assurances,
recognition lights in the woman's eyes. Her words echo the
impression, "Its you" she says and tells him how much she's
missed him, before she drifts out of consciousness. He is
certain that he's never met her before, but his soul knows
otherwise. As luck would have it Alec happens to be a
renowned plastic surgeon, which affords him complete
control over her care once they reach the hospital.
Danielle Morgan is aware that she's been badly hurt and is
about to undergo surgery. She dreads it, for she knows the
effect the anesthesia will have on her. She'd experienced
that once before. She would relive the dreadful calamity of
her past lives once more. Lives that had involved Alec
Edwards, or at least his soul. In each life he had failed
to be there when she needed him most, and each time she'd
died. Alec had been there for her this time, but her
travails have just begun.
When Dani doesn't rally as expected, following the
operation, Alec is puzzled. His caring bedside manner
quickly puts things to rights however, and soon Dani comes
to rely on him. Alec finds it more and more difficult to
see Dani as just another patient, and wonders that a
practical man such as himself could fall in love so fast.
As he ponders the ethics of their situation, Dani becomes
inexplicably and seriously ill.
Alec refuses to leave her side, and by accident discovers
the cause of her illness. It is unthinkable. Dani is loved
by so many people, friends, colleagues, her students. Who
would be trying to kill her?
Ms. Snodgrass does a wonderful job of pulling together the
mystery, suspense, and romance as Alec and Dani fight to
break the tragic pattern of the past and the dreadful fate
that awaits them should they fail to discover the killer's
identity in time. This tale is complex, full of ironic
twists, and a villain is so crafty that the reader will be
stunned at the lengths he or she will go to get Dani out of
the way. With enough red herrings thrown in, I doubt if
anyone will realize the killer's identity until it is
revealed. Indeed this gripping plot will keep the reader on
the edge of their seat until the last word is read.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 30, 2002