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Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.
I just murdered your wife…again.
An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuels stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.
Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.
But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them.
This is the second book by this author I have read, she just keeps getting better! I loved the mystery and suspense in this story, there is lots of action, the romance was done at a nice slow pace. The characters were well developed and her style of writing is fabulous.
It took me a while to warm up to Nick, I felt he was kind of weak, but he was just a flawed man that realized he wasn’t there for his wife, but it changed him and made him a better man later in the story. Jaymee was interesting and a first glance you might think she was immature but under that she was made of steel. Once you get to know her better you can understand why she came across that way. The characters were multi-dimensional, and developed in a way that was believable. I really liked how Nick and Jaymee were both self aware and questioned their actions and if they were interested in each other because of circumstances or if there was a real connection.
There was also a lot of suspense, mystery and action in this story all of it flowed well and fit together to make a multi-faceted puzzle, that I had no idea what the final outcome would be. Wow, I didn’t see who the villain was, NOT a clue. Awesome job! Once again the way this author describes things makes it so you can feel the heat of the day, smell the rain storm, and the emotions of the characters. Well done!
Stacy Green is an up and coming author to watch and I believe will go far in this genre (actually any genre with her writing skills) She writes some of the best villains out there, while at the same time keeping them well hidden. I highly recommend this book for adults who love suspenseful mystery with a dose of romance and a surprise that you don’t see coming. I will definitely be reading more of her stories.