Romance, murder, blackmail… What more could you ask for?
Length: 368 pages
Synopsis: Jackson Scott has gone through severe physical and mental trauma while in the Army. Because he was so good at what he did, the Army still wants him to stay. But he just wants to get away from it all and ends up in Three Forks on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. He settles in to a simple life, quite a change from his Army experiences, and everything seems to be going okay.
Life seems to take a turn for the better for Jackson. He meets Meagan Harrison, a former up-and-coming corporate attorney in Seattle. Unfortunately, she lost her husband and has returned home to live with her father. There is an attraction between the two of them that continues to grow throughout the story.
But they must deal with the sinister side of Three Forks. Jackson- and by association, Meagan and her father- ends up on the radar of Buzz McAllister when Buzz’s younger son crashes his car and blames it on Jackson.
Buzz has the judge and sheriff in his pocket along with various other people and cooks up a plot to use the accident to get some property he desperately wants. He will do almost anything to get what he wants, including blackmail and murder. He sets in action a series of events that affects multiple lives, putting some in jail and another in the hospital. And that’s only part of it. He’s just a bad dude. He demoralizes people, uses the sheriff to get away with breaking the law, and even blackmails the judge.
I’ll leave it at that so I don’t give away too much of the story.
Cover Art: Knowing that the book is set on the Olympic Peninsula, I wish the cover had shown more of the scenery. It is such a beautiful area! But it did bring back memories of exploring parts of the peninsula. And the rain. The last time I was there, it was raining. I still remember looking over at the mountains from Victoria, British Columbia. Impressive.
With the fire being such a large part of the cover, I first thought of firefighters and fires before I read the book’s description. But, there is only one physical fire in the book that is outside a fireplace or grill, and that’s when a lightning bolt hits a tree.
My Thoughts: The book is divided into three parts by the author. I tend to not mentally divide books into parts, but this one had pretty distinct changes. The first portion of the book was like a romance. The rest was more like a suspense. In a way, it kind of makes it difficult to categorize the book. It’s not all romance and it’s not all suspense.
Rating: 3.5 stars