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This book starts with a murder, committed by an unnamed person, of a loathsome human being. A man with money and power, who bullies everyone around him. No one in the small Idaho town is sad to see him die, including local sheriff Jim Lawson and the man's estranged daughter Hallie Cavanaugh. It is this murder, and its aftermath, that take center stage in this fourth book of Rosalind James' "Paradise Idaho" romantic suspense series.
Although the previous books in this series seemed to focus more on the romance, this one falls much more firmly on the suspense side, and I think it's better for it. The story kept me guessing, right up until the very end, on who the murderer was. I thought I knew, then I changed my mind, then I changed my mind AGAIN, then I was wrong anyway. The mystery was a good one, and the action built up from small acts to deter Hallie from staying in town to fulfill the (unfair and frankly bonkers) terms of her father's will, to the killer's truly sinister intentions. I kept reading because I wanted to know who did it, and what they would do next, and I fell for just about every red herring sent my way.
The mystery was compelling, but Jim and Hallie's romance was also a draw. They had a brief, tragic fling in high school, and hadn't seen each other in years. Jim is a widower with a young daughter, and Hallie has perfected the art of running away. Their relationship wasn't easy, or full of the usual lighthearted flirting and banter in a typical romance novel, but it was sincere and engaging.
Overall, I really liked this book, it was well-written, well executed, and compelling all the way through.
This book can be a stand alone listen.
Brittany Pressley was good with the narration of the story, however, I think the dual narration in the first two books was superb.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I love that now Deputy Jim gets his chance at love and we find out his back story and how he ended up a cop in his hometown. Deputy Jim may have always been a good guy but he has always been on the right side of the law? It's very interesting to see what happens when Jim's first love comes back to town and stirs up all kinds of conflicts in his family dynamics. And as usual in this series, Rosalind James writes stories with a mysterious and/or intriguing subplot and this one is no different. For such a small town, Paradise has a whole lot of criminal intent. The best part of the story is how Jim and Hallie overcome the obstacles, including family complications, to their relationship,
The narration was okay but would have been better with the duet style narration of the first two books in the series. Brittany seemed to narrate with a bit of a southern drawl that didn't make sense.
Absolutely worth price. I would pay it all over again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Story solid and well executed, thought I knew who done it but was obviously wrong, initially. Just a few niggles which stopped me from giving a 5. That aunt F needed taking down a peg or two and Harley just wasn't gutsy enough to and I found that irritating. Also Jim was this adoring husband to his deceased wife but I didn't feel like he had that same depth of feeling for Harley other than the passion - that line wasn't really full circle for me, I found I really didn't like the deceased wife which made me feel bad because she was dead! But she was made into this icon whom the heroine wasn't balanced enough with. Harley forgave Jim far too easy when he made his passionate declaration about his first wife, I wouldn't have wanted to blatantly play second fiddle.
Lastly I absolutely rate the narrator as bringing books to life in terms of her voice changes etc but there was something about the quality of this audio that was really poor, the chapters were bitty, there was funny static feedback sounds in parts and I am sure I heard traffic in the background at one point which just didn't make for a good experience.
What did you like best about this story?
Hall's strength of character
What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?
Really good delivery able to get the different characters well
Any additional comments?
This story is a little bit of a Hitchcock romance. Perfect listen to on a rainy weekend
Even beyond the grave Hallie’s dad is trying to control everyone. With her dads suspicious death and the strange happenings it seems, someone is determined to see that Hallie doesn’t succeed in meeting fathers requirement to stay at his house for six months and get her inheritance. It is up to police officer Jim a man who Hallie shares a past with, and maybe a future to uncover what is really going on before someone gets hurt.
Jim and Hallies love story doesn't have easy answers and they must learn to trust and forgive each other.
A dark romance with likeable characters that draws you in before you know it. You will be sucked to Hallie’s fight to control her future and get the family she always wanted.