ROMANCE
What Doesn't Kill Her
HQN:Harlequin . (Cape Charade, Bk. 2). Feb. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9781335507532. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096501.ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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OrangeReviewStar.ellen Adams is on a trip to the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula to deliver a precious artifact to a reclusive expert for evaluation. She's shocked to find that her seven-year-old daughter, Rae, has stowed away with her, but fear turns to terror when she realizes they're being targeted by killers. Their only hope is to flee into the mountains. A note left by Rae that she was "with Mommy on ad vencher" has Max Di Luca, Rae's father, hot on their bloody trail. While Kellen and Rae manage to elude the bad guys, it soon becomes clear that the threat is anything but eliminated. A skillful mix of vivid characters (the precocious Rae is a highlight), assorted misdirections, and plot tweaks, both logical and startling, add depth to the fun.
VERDICT Action-packed, littered with dead bodies, and brimming with heartfelt emotion, this edgy thriller keeps the tension high. The cliff-hanger ending will have fans anxious for the next title. Although the story is complete in itself, readers will benefit from taking on the series in order. Dodd (Dead Girl Running) lives in Washington State.

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