Tidewater Novella, Book #1
By Mary Behre
Author’s website: http://MaryBehreBooks.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen
After nearly dying on assignment, Tidewater police officer Zig Harmon has been awarded the Silver Star and desk duty. But handling every case that walks through the door while his entire department is out hunting a serial killer is nothing compared to dealing with his former flame, Karma De La Cruz.
As much as she hates it, Karma knows that her best chance of finding the kidnapped baby haunting her visions is the man she once left behind. Forced to work together, Karma and Zig start to realize that they may have let go of something incredible. But now, time is running out, both for the missing infant and for their chance to start again…
Zig Harmon is doing desk duty while he recuperates from being nearly killed on a case he was working on. He is not very happy with this fact and he wishes something exciting would happen so he would not be so bored. He needs to remember the old saying to “be careful what you wish for”. When the former love of his life walks into the police station, life as he knows it will be changed forever.
Karma De La Cruz believes that a baby that is considered dead is still very much alive. The mother is believed to have attempted suicide by jumping and it is believed that she took her baby with her. But with Karma’s special abilities, she truly believes that the baby is very much alive and has been kidnapped. When Karma walks into the police station to ask for help, she does not expect to see Zig but realizes that his being there is really a blessing. Since they have a history he knows about her special ability. She knows that he will believe her and she hopes he will help her. How can he turn his back on her and let down an innocent baby?
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. When Zig and Karma see each other feelings and memories return that both thought were long gone, but they were both wrong. Feelings of anger, resentment, regret and love come to the surface. These feelings need to be dealt with if they have any chance of a happily ever after. I really enjoyed the interaction between Zig and Karma and I could feel the deep connection that they had with each other. The anger and hurt that Zig felt and the regret that Karma had seemed so realistic to me. These are characters that I could easily feel a connection with and I cared about what happened to them. Even the secondary characters were people you could really like (and really dislike) and I want to know the story behind some of these secondary characters. I thought the characterization is one of the many reasons I like this book so much.
The action, mystery, suspense and paranormal are all blended together expertly to make for a very suspenseful read. There are twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and I found myself wanting to turn the pages quickly to see what would happen next. I kept finding myself thinking “just one more chapter” and then that would turn into three or four more chapters. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. Between the suspense and the romance I just could not read the book fast enough. Sometimes a book just clicks with the reader and that is what happened when I read this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted mystery suspense with a touch of paranormal. I am now a fan of Mary Behre and I already have the first book in the series. I really cannot recommend this book enough, I just loved it.