Sweeter Than Sin
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Sep 30 2014, $7.99
Two decades ago, fleeing for her life she left Madison, Indiana after her botched attempt to expose the Cronus Club’s pedophiles led to death. Many residents believed she was murdered though her body was never found and there was a lack of proof. Now she comes home to see her dad when the abusive perverts she tried to stop recently became national news.
Adam Brascum kept secret he loved her but thought she died. He became an alcoholic who owns a bar and a serial womanizer. Though he fails to recognize the stranger at first, Adam feels he knows her especially his lower head. Meanwhile Cronus Club members become targets of an angry avenger, and obsessed for years over the loss of his first love Noah Benningfield, engaged to wed single mom Trinity Ewing (see Deeper than Need), emotionally struggles with the revelation.
The latest Secrets & Shadows romantic suspense continues the deep look at the consequences of incest rape of the young in a Midwest town hammered by this horrid scandal that was hidden for decades beneath the veneer of serene moralistic small-town living. Although the avenger subplot rings true, it fails to add much tension. Not an easy read due to the subject matter, Shiloh Walker displays her talent with a fascinating romance between the two wounded warriors in which the audience needs a happily ever after to counterbalance the increased surfacing of depravity.