#AmReading: Review of The White Carnation @JandSMatt @Crimson_Romance #Supense #Romance
The White Carnation by Susanne Matthews
The last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.
For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancée.
Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?
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Bethany-Kris's Review of The White Carnation
****Five out of Five Stars****
Faye Lewis, a disgraced crime reporter and one lonely woman since breaking it off with her ex-fiancé who she blames for ruining her career, is trying to somehow work her way back up the crime beat at the newspaper. Her one big chance to salvage her career and the mess her life has become is looming right around the corner. But when a friend's mother is murdered and Faye herself is attacked, both cases link to a serial killer everyone calls the Harvester and Faye's looking like she might just be his next victim. Rob Halliday can't let that happen.
I was so lucky to get an early copy of Susanne Matthews' The White Carnation to devour and review. She's my go-to for sweet contemporaries with awesome heroines and great heroes. I had not picked up one of her romantic suspense novels until now and shame on me for that. Ms. Matthews has quite a knack for weaving a fantastic tale, hooking the reader in deep, and then dragging you along for the ride. I pretty much had this book done in a day because I didn't want to stop reading. I had to know how it was all going to play out.
The heroine Faye was determined, sassy, and well, a lot like a regular woman. We could all relate to her in some way, I think. Rob, the hero, was the perfect mix of a regular guy with a bit of Alpha toughness under his surface. Their history together was well done and how the author kept it fluttering throughout the plot for the entire book was one of my favorite things. Why? Because despite knowing maybe something wasn't right there, you couldn't be sure until nearly the very end.
The story of the Harvester, which is where the plot most circulates, was also a great--if not a little creepy and whoa. Matthews' has an awesome mind and I wouldn't mind taking a trip inside it for a while.
All in all, this novel was a top-five romantic suspense read for me this year. A well-rounded plot, strong characters, and great writing makes The White Carnation one of Ms. Matthews finest works. I highly--highly--recommend.