First comes marriage. Then comes murder…
Lauren Burke waited fifteen months and twenty-three days for her divorce to be finalized. Instead, her ex-husband went one step further—he turned up dead. And the detective working on the case is none other than Kane Hollister—the man who ran off over three years ago and shattered Lauren’s heart into a zillion pieces…
It looks like Lauren, but she’s no longer the carefree girl Kane once knew. And yet he can’t deny the awareness that heats his blood at the sight of her. But when the death threats begin, Kane realizes that the killer has a new target…and it’s Lauren. Now he must protect the woman he’s always loved—and always hurt—from a vicious murderer. And when the sparks between them ignite, Lauren will have to make a choice between her life… or her heart!
Angst ridden murder mystery, where nothing is what it seems to be.
The mystery in the story was well built, and the idea, the plot twists were interesting. I guessed who the pearl murderer was rather early on, but that's okay.
There was a lot of angst, turmoil, anxiety with with the heroine, Lauren. Of course, there were many reasons for the unrest, but I found it hard to connect with her, to like her. She was a bit moody, yes, that's understandable with everything going on in her life, but there was no excuse for the occasional childish, immature behavior. Also how she nagged to Kane about his family connections, before she knew, or asked, about the reasons for the tension in the family, was odd.
Kane himself was angst ridden, too. His guilt from his childhood was overtaking everything in his life, not very rational thinking from a detective.
The first half of the story seemed to go over the same matter again and again, just from the different angle. The repetition of the issues got a bit heavy after a while.
If you love an angst driven murder mystery, this is the perfect story for you. I found the abundance of misery and torment awkward after a while
~ Two Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me