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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Book Review} Shattered Secrets (Cold Creek #1) by Karen Harper

Shattered Secrets (Cold Creek #1)
by Karen Harper
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Released: September 1st 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Suspense, Romance
How I got it: NetGalley

Every town has its secrets…

Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek.

Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess.

Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good….

Review: Tess returns homes to sell her families house after her mom dies. The small town of Cold Creek stirs up a lot of memories, most bad, for Tess. As a child she was abducted and managed to escape, but can't remember anything about the experience. When another little girl goes missing, Tess must face her demons and remember.
Tess is a feisty woman who is focused on the future. She didn't back down and stood her ground even when she was extremely scared. The chemistry between her and Gabe is great, I liked how they waited to act on their emotions not just jumping into bed at the first chance. Both characters were real and believable, having flaws and carrying baggage.  
I enjoyed the twists and turns the plot took, even if I did figure it out fairly early. Seriously the clues were right there, pretty obvious to the reader. The mystery ending was pretty twisted in a sense, but HEA was predictable. Over all a decent read, a nice mix of mystery and romance.

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