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October 6, 2008

Review: Broken Pieces by Carla Cassidy

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , , , , — jjmachshev @ 2:03 pm
Broken Pieces by Carla Cassidy

I have shivers running up and down my spine. I just finished “Broken Pieces” by Carla Cassidy and I really hope none of my stairs creak tonight or I’ll likely have a heart attack screaming my head off. If you like books that scare you and have you looking over your shoulder, this one will fit the bill.

Mariah’s childhood wasn’t that great. Her fire and brimstone father was a firm believer in ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’. So much so, that she still carries the willow switch marks on her thighs and bottom. But that wasn’t what made her run away. It wasn’t until she was brutally raped and found herself pregnant that she ran. Sixteen years later, she’s a successful adult with a teenage daughter. When her father dies, Mariah returns to sell the family home and bury her nightmares. She knew she would run into old friends. She knew she needed to come to grips with her past. But she didn’t know she would fall for the class geek who’s now a sexy veterinarian. And she also didn’t know that what happened to her sixteen years ago was just the beginning…and He’s still here, waiting for Mariah.

Carla Cassidy does a great job laying out her mystery. She provides plenty of suspicious characters and ominous possibilities. The glimpses she provides into the killer’s mind will leave you breathless with anticipation. The romance in this story is by no means the main focus, but it’s not forgotten either. There’s a struggle for both the hero and heroine to overcome past experiences and they don’t ‘jump’ into bed even though the sexual tension is pretty strong from the beginning. Their relationship progresses alongside the ratcheting tension from the mystery.

I only had a couple of small detractions. I guessed the killer very early into the book…and was right. And there were a couple of places where the pacing seemed to stutter, but other than that, I was very drawn to the story. This is my first book by Carla Cassidy, but it won’t be my last. If you’re in the mood for a romantic suspense with about 70% suspense and 30% romance, try “Broken Pieces”…but don’t read it late at night, OK?

Until next time…

 

Reviewed by Julie

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