Some lies never stay buried…

Betsy Jakes was having nightmares, nightmares that could solve a decades-old mystery. And for someone in her small town, that meant she had to die.

When Sam Jakes returns home to help his brother solve their mother’s murder, two things shake him to the core. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before. And … Lainey Pickett is still in town. The woman he walked away from without an explanation years ago has just walked back into his life. She still holds a grudge – and his heart.

As Sam digs deeper into the murders and thirty-year-old secrets begin to emerge, he finds himself racing against time not only to catch a killer but to keep Lainey, the only woman he’ll ever love, from falling victim, too.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read other books form Ms. Sala before, but it is with this series that she explores subjects that I didn’t find in her previous books. On this book alone, she puts in the right amount of story, conflict, suspense, and romance. I found that I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I got to solve the mystery. Who was the killer? I was even more interested in it than in the romance part. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just meant that the story was really very intriguing.

I honestly haven’t read something like this from Ms. Sala, so the fact that I got this book is really a treat for me. At least now, I know that she is also capable of writing suspense instead of just the usual contemporary romances. While this is already the third book in its series, it is still a standalone, so I was able to enjoy the story without feeling like there was a huge blank that I couldn’t relate to. With me enjoying this book a lot, I think I may go back to the previous two and read them as well.


Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award. In 2011 she was named RWA’s recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times , USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.

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