Some lies never stay buried...
Betsy Jakes was having nightmares, nightmares that could solve a decades-old mystery. And for someone in her small town, that meant she had to die.
When Sam Jakes returns home to help his brother solve their mother's murder, two things shake him to the core. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before. And ... Lainey Pickett is still in town. The woman he walked away from without an explanation years ago has just walked back into his life. She still holds a grudge - and his heart.
As Sam digs deeper into the murders and thirty-year-old secrets begin to emerge, he finds himself racing against time not only to catch a killer but to keep Lainey, the only woman he'll ever love, from falling victim, too.
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I found DARK HEARTS to be technically well written but I wasn't that impressed by this story itself. I found some of the characters such as Sam to be interesting and some were one dimensional.
What really threw me off initially was the romance between Sam and Lainey. He had deserted her years ago without a word so it doesn't make sense that after throwing a coffee cup at him, they are able to pick up right where they left it way back when. It just doesn't seem to be realistic though it might be some man's dream result.
And the suspense seemed to be over played. I think that I would have thrown my iPad if I had to read the words 'the killer' once more. I am disappointed by this as I have read books by Ms. Sala before and found her to have a deft touch with tension and suspense.
This is not a book that I would recommend to my readers. I have found that romantic suspense has to be real to draw the reader into the story. Without it, there is no sense of build up that this genre is known for.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.