Friday, December 26, 2014

Broken Bonds-Karen Harper

Broken Bonds
Karen Harper
Mira, Dec 30 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9780778317357

Despite the Lockwood sisters’ harrowing childhood memories of the youngest sibling’s abduction and their father’s desertion, the middle one Kathryn the anthropologist (see Forbidden Ground) and Tess (see Shattered Secrets) found love and happiness in Cold Creek, Ohio.  The two younger siblings would like the oldest Charlene the social worker to move on like they have.

The Childhood Education in Appalachia Project employs Charlene.  She visits families in their homes in order to persuade the parents to send their kids to school.  On a remote mountain road, Charlene saves the life of Lake Azur community manager Matt Rowan just before his truck plunges off the road.  Since his vehicle was pushed off the cliff by a black truck, Charlene and Matt wonder who wants him dead.  As they team up investigating his near death, the couple falls in love.

The third and final Lockwood sister Cold Creek thriller is an enjoyable romantic suspense as there are several viable suspects with diverse motives and the love subplot supports the terse inquiry.  The deep look at fracking enriches the sensational spinning storyline. 

Harriet Klausner

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