Review of THE PERFECT FAMILY by Carla Cassidy (see her website)
NAL Signet Eclipse, March 2005
Marissa Jamison is slowly reclaiming her life a year after her husband, John, was killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident. She has her gift shop, her suburban home, and her small children, who are gradually adjusting to their loss. When her high school boyfriend, Alex Kinkaid, moves to her small town and pursues her with obviously romantic intentions, it seems as Marissa might finally be emerging from her nightmare.
But the nightmare is only beginning. Because someone wants not only Marissa, but her children as well. He wants to claim what was once John's. He has prepared the perfect house for them all to live in as the perfect, happy family. Part of that preparation involves removing anyone who threatens their future happiness. Certainly Alex falls into that category.
Ms. Cassidy's latest romantic suspense, a follow-up to PROMISE HIM ANYTHING, is, in a word, creepy. There's not a lot of violence, chase scenes or bullets flying, but the omnipresent threat of a crazy man who is determined and smart enough to make his plans into reality. With each page turned I moved closer to the edge of my seat, waiting for the madman to put his plans in motion. Who would have thought an ordinary, suburban mom's life could be so scary?
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