SHATTERED by Karen Robards
March 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) in Hardcover
400 pages - ISBN-13: 9780399156274
Wow barely describes this thriller
Lisa Grant is a lawyer that right now is down on her luck but fighting to get back on top of her legal game. Her high profile job in Boston went bust with the economy and she finds herself back at home with her ailing mother working in the local District Attorney’s office. Not just any DA’s office but the one where her childhood heartthrob is now the boss and the one giving her the orders. Great luck for her.
But Lisa is a fighter and even when he banishes her to the basement to work cold cases she find a gem in the pile of lost but not forgotten cases. This one stands out because one of the victims could have been her twin sister and the mother most assuredly has similarities to Lisa that cannot be dismissed. But when she begins to look into this case too many things happen that no one can say coincidence. Her house is set on fire, she sees that she is being followed then knocked unconscious and that is just the beginning. Dealing with her mother’s slow health decline is more than enough to cause her stress but now dealing with these thoughts stirring in the back of her head that perhaps her father may be part of the reason this mysterious family went missing and the fact that she looks so much like them. He has been mostly out of her life since she was a small child and regarded her as a blip on his radar but too many things are adding up wrong for her to overlook that everywhere she digs into this case he keeps popping up.
But always around and in her personal space is Scott Buchanan making sure she is not veering too far from the path he feels is right. He has desired her since he worked on her family’s property so many years ago that even thinking about her was trouble. Now they are both adults and trying to hold back all the passion he feels for her is about to have him blow a gasket. He has tried for too many years to forget her but now that she is sitting right outside his office and causing trouble of another kind all over again he will have to take some kind of action. He knows better but his heart is leading his better judgment right now.
Once they get together all heck breaks loose and the attacks against Lisa intensify making her even more determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to that family. She has to keep her head clear of complications but Scott is one problem she knows how to handle and always has wanted to have in her life. Once they begin their relationship the fireworks go off brighter than on any Fourth of July celebration.
Pay close attention to this book because it moves as fast as possible with more twists than you think can be thrown into 400 pages. It also has one of the most romantic scenes ever written in my opinion. There may be more descriptive words involved in other books but the first night with Scott and Lisa at her hotel room is one for the record books of pure unbridled passion being set loose by use of the least amount of words with the most impact.
Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com