ROMANCE

Abandon the Dark

HQN: Harlequin. (Watcher in the Dark, Bk. 3). Jul. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780373778843. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460334607. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Returning to outwardly peaceful Deer Creek, PA, after 20 years away to care for her Amish great-aunt Rebecca when a stroke puts her in a coma, graphic artist Lainey Colton is surprised when her aunt's attorney Jake Evans tells her that Rebecca has given Lainey power of attorney—and not everyone is pleased. But there's more than just family resentment and prickly Amish-Englischer relations at work. Lainey's return has set past events bubbling to the surface, threatening to reveal a secret that someone would do anything—even kill—to keep hidden. Malicious mischief, anonymous letters, and a vicious attack keep the action lively as Jake and Lainey sort through the past and deal with a strong—and totally unexpected—mutual attraction.
VERDICT Charming, bucolic, and tinged with gothic menace, this quiet village and its close-knit community of Amish and Englischers draws readers into a taut, finely plotted suspense tale that is lightened by a sweet romance and graced with vivid description and beautifully concludes Perry's (Search the Dark) chilling trilogy. The author divides her time between Bloomsburg, PA, and the South Carolina coast.

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