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Friday, July 10, 2009
Review - Trapped by Connie Mann
Author: Connie Mann
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
It’s every woman’s worst nightmare: Had her daughter witnessed a murder?
Beneath the homey, small-town facade of Riverlake, Florida, an unnamed evil lurks. When a guest at the local Bed and Breakfast turns up dead, tough single mom Sam Collins is convinced her young daughter knows more than she's saying. Sam vows to do whatever it takes to protect Lindsey from harm. She’ll sell the family-run marina she’s devoted her life to saving. She’ll even join forces with Danny Hastings--the one man she never expected to see again--the one who can destroy everything she holds dear.
But can they stay alive long enough to protect the daughter he didn’t know he had?
This story is good, there is no doubt about it. It has plenty of action and suspense, spiced with just enough humor to take the edge off. The romance is soft, sweet, with its fair share of bumps and bruises.
That said, I found the characters overly tragic. Everyone of the main characters, and several of the supporting characters, had a tragic past. One character with a tragedy in his or her past is fine and can give a story a bit of depth, but when everyone has a sob story it loses its appeal. There are simply better ways to make a character interesting.
This story also suffers from the same problem many murder mysteries have: it’s not that big of a mystery. I guessed the killer during his first scene in the first chapter. But I’ll admit, writing mysteries is hard. The clues have to be subtle, so when the story is reread the reader has those wonderful “Aha!” moments; but if they are too blatant you lose the element of surprise.
Overall, this is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it.