In this gripping novel of small-town scandal and sizzling passion, New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts tells the story of a renowned artist who confronts a mystery from her past-and finds that her family secrets have not been laid to rest. Famed sculptor Clare Kimball has commanded the attention of the New York art world, but troubling memories from childhood have drawn her home to Maryland, to the town where she grew up and where her father died so long ago in circumstances never really explained. Nothing much has changed in Emmitsboro-except Cameron Rafferty, the onetime high-school bad boy turned town sheriff. The only hint of Cam's wild nature is the light in his eyes when he looks at Clare. In Cam's strong arms Clare is seduced into falling in love-and into believing that her small-town world is safe. But within the dark woods of Emmitsboro, something evil is spreading its poisonous power. Now Clare must pay the price for digging up the secrets of the past . . . and confront an evil that may be unstoppable-because those who practice it believe it is divine.
Clare Kimball, an accomplished sculptor, is troubled by depression and the return of childhood nightmares. So she takes a break from New York City and heads for her sleepy hometown in Maryland, despite its association with her beloved father's violent but apparently accidental death. Cameron Rafferty, formerly the town hellion, is now the sheriff and faced with a puzzle: the century-old grave of an infant has been dug up. In fact, the grave was robbed by Satan worshipers; Clare's dreams date from the night in her childhood when she saw them performing a coven ceremony--and they know she saw them. Cam's problems are compounded when the mutilated corpse of his hated stepfather is discovered in a field after the two have a public fistfight. Cam and Clare are an engaging couple, but by relying on the most obvious plot complications, Roberts has made her latest romantic mystery a virtually no-thrills thriller. (Is there a single reader who won't prediet that Clare will end up in the coven's clutches?) Also, while this tale is about ritual murders instead of a serial killer, the work's marked similarities to last year's Carnal Innocence give it the feeling of being a rerun.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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1 . Pretty good
Posted July 28, 2011 by R.S. , Houstonthis is my 2nd nora roberts book, i had been hestitant to read nora roberts, only because there are so many of her books out there, so i was not sure how i would feel. I actually really liked the story line, suspenseful, they started giving you clues through out the book, they are some gruesome scene to add to the suspese, the only thing i guess they would have elaborated was on the 'love' scene.. it was like and then they went upstairs... i'm left at "what happen, did they talk or dance or what" but maybe that's just me after finishing reading some lora leigh. Hard to follow up after her read's, especially on the love scene. but over all pretty good.
2 . OK read
Posted December 14, 2010 by Abby , Vancouver, BCUsually I am a fan of Nora Roberts....but I felt this book fell short in certain aspects. She broadly hinted on who "was involved" so I was not really suprise with the ending.
3 . Great Romantic Thriller!
Posted November 25, 2009 by Jenny , Escanaba, MINora Roberts does it again with a well-developed story and believable characters. The story deals with a Satanic cult in an almost Peyton-Place-type small town. The sheriff (Cam) and a successful New York artist (Clare), who has returned to her small-town roots to deal with the death of her father, are drawn together in a sizzling romance. Meanwhile they have to piece together the clues relating to deaths that have shattered the small-town tranquility before the cult gets Clare, because she knows too much....
I loved the hero and heroine in this book, and the mystery has a surprise ending. I couldn't put it down!
August 30, 1992
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