While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant's youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it's not a random act?and neither were the murders.
Already devastated by her neighbors? violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant's impending return to deployment.
But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.
Bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.
It had only been a year and a half since Lee and Kate Barrett made the decision to relocate their family to Scarlet Falls, a sleepy New York Suburb. With a colicky baby at home, the couple decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary and limit their time away from home with a quick dinner out. After dinner, while walking to their car Lee gets as uneasy feeling, as a reader I shared that edginess.
“There was absolutely no reason for the unease brewing in his gut.”
Melinda Leigh put this reader on edge waiting for that pivot death moment.
The death of Lee Barrett brings his distant siblings altogether for the first time in a while. Hannah Barrett, a corporate attorney, is a little uptight expect for the few flirty moments she shares with the sexy Detective Brody McNamara. McClellan ‘Mac’ Barrett, the biologist, is the family renegade with a troubled youth. I am looking forward to discovering more about this mysterious man and meeting the woman that will bring him out of the woods. Then there is Grant Barrett, career Military Major, who takes emergency leave to care for his recently orphaned nephew and niece. He rushes home to civilian life without even taking time to decompress.
“It wasn’t about him and what he wanted anymore. The kids had to be considered first in each and every decision.”.
Ellie Ross’s daughter Julie frequently babysat for the Barrett children including the night they were murdered. As neighbors Ellie and Grant often cross paths but when Ellie’s family is threatened it pulls them even closer. Ellie’s grandmother, Nan, is a hoot with her shotgun ready to take on the world. I
Melinda Leigh flawlessly delivers a twisted mystery that kept this reader guessing. I have set a side vacation time to return to Scarlett Falls in June 2015 to see how much trouble Hannah can get into.
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