Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tangled Threat by Heather Graham

Some things you can’t forget.

A body hanging from the infamous History Tree unraveled their teenage love. Now Maura Antrim is again tangled up with Brock McGovern. Twelve years later, they’re back where that murder occurred—where Brock had been arrested and then released, where Maura had run, too scared to stand by his side. But with two women missing, and Brock now an FBI agent, Maura is determined to help. Together, they’ll have to confront a threat that never died and see if their passion has withstood the test of time.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is a slightly spooky murder mystery and second-chance romance. Ten years ago, Maura and Brock were witnesses to a grisly murder at a Florida resort. Now they’re back at the resort and Brock has to solve a new murder and a string of disappearing women that may be linked.

As a murder mystery, this resembles a classic Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes story more than it does most modern crime thrillers. The suspects and investigators are all living in close quarters at the resort and the ending is classic Christie. The result is a mystery that is slower and less bloodthirsty than most modern crime writing. It’s a relaxing read but I’m not sure the writing is quite strong enough to support the leisurely paced, character focused story. None of the characters or suspects ever really came to life for me and the suspects were a little too bland for this style of murder mystery. I like to keep guessing until the end with whodunnit stories but this one doesn’t really allow readers to solve the story alongside the detectives. Even when the whodunnit is explained at the end, I didn’t get the ‘Of course!’ moment I’d been expecting. I like that I didn’t guess the ending, but I always like to know I could have guessed the ending if I’d put all the pieces together correctly.

As a romance, this falls a bit flat. The focus is definitely the murder mystery, and the romance isn’t paced very well. Brock and Maura feel much older than thirty – there is a formality to their relationship that suggests a much older generation. The gentle, low heat, fade-to-grey scenes will appeal to some readers, but I really wanted something more to make me believe in these characters.

This is the kind of murder mystery I’d happily lend to my mother or grandmother. I’m guessing it will appeal to more conservative readers. There is a gentle Southern charm to the story and the characters, but it failed to keep my attention at times and I personally prefer more action in my crime thrillers.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
2.5 stars
M/F Thriller, Romance
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This all started with a murder when Maura and Brock were much younger. Almost headed off to college, they are working at the same resort when a member of the staff is murdered. Jump ahead several years and everyone is back, but for different reasons.

Maura and Brock were the "it" couple. But when tragedy strikes, Maura is whisked away and Brock is arrested. Now, all grown up and in their own careers, they find themselves back at the resort with another murder looming overhead.

That's pretty much the story. Even the romance within the story just didn't really develop. It was a flat romance with little to no dialogue and only after they rehashed the original crime for several chapters. The main characters danced around each other and the past, but seemed to be "over it" when they saw each other.

I liked the mystery within the book, but it ended so abruptly. I wish there had been less talk and description about the original crimes and history and more put into the ending. It was almost anticlimactic. I was kind of disappointed in the story because it had such potential. And despite its exhaustive descriptions of the past, it was a fast read (meaning it didn't take long). Overall, I was underwhelmed and kind of bored.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tangled Threat by Heather Graham to read and review.

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