Author: Elisabeth Jackson
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Mystery
As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?
The past collides with the present in this romantic suspense / mystery novel. RaeAnne and her sidekick King were the best of friends when they were kids. But an event in the past scarred them for life – the discovery of a boy their age in a crate of apples in the town’s orchard. The same night of the discovery, RaeAnne’s brother disappears.
Now, years later, RaeAnne returns to town. However, as soon as she arrives, something or someone seems to target her and her family. The incidents are related to what happened that day she found the boy in the orchard, and if she wants to protect herself and her family, she’ll have to figure out what happened that fateful day. Meanwhile, she reconnects with her old friend King, as they try to solve the secrets that’ve been haunting them.
The characters were surprising – I could connect with most of them easily, RaeAnne being my favorite though. The book relies heavily on characterization, but at the same time provides an interesting plot that kept me guessing until the end. Good writing, and a book that’ll be enjoyed by all fans of romantic suspense and the old-friends-turn-lovers trope.