Gayle Roper has been a long time favourite author of mine and her latest suspense novel has entrenched that view!
Under a stipulation in her late Aunt’s will, Libby Keating finds herself living in the same house as her twin, the vibrant yet manipulative Tori. Tori has always set her sights on anything or anyone that belonged to Libby and she begins a campaign to win the love and loyalty of Libby’s thirteen year old daughter Chloe.
When Chloe strikes up a friendship with Jenna Canfield, Libby meets her dad, Drew, a college professor struggling with the ongoing fallout from his former wife’s mental illness.
When a dead body turns up on Libby’s doorstep with a threatening note addressed to Tori in the form of a crossword puzzle, Libby becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens both the daughter she loves and the sister who has despised her for years.
I loved everything about this book! Great suspense, multi dimensional characters and an engaging romance. Delving into the dysfunctional family that shaped Libby and Tori and the impact of Libby’s faith on the family dynamics provides great depth to the story. It provides beautiful moments as Drew has the opportunity to build up in Libby what her family has torn down. I appreciated Gayle’s authenticity in not watering down the unattractive qualities of Tori and the women in the family. Bitterness and negativity profoundly affect many families and there is no easy fix. The mystery is intriguing and the inclusion of the actual crossword puzzle threats lots of fun. Gayle has poured all her talent into this story and come up trumps! This is an absorbing and enjoyable read – don’t let Fatal Deduction pass you by.
Giveaway (two copies available!):~
1. You must have an Aussie postal addy;
2. Post a comment before midnight on Sunday 8th June, 2008;
3. Are you a crossword or Sudoku fan?
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