Narrator: Kimberly Farr
Published by Books on Tape on August 3, 2004
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 17 hours, 39 minutes
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Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained. Not much in her hometown seems to have changed, but within the dark woods of Emmitsboro something evil spreads its poisonous power. Now the once-peaceful town is wrapped in a cloak of terror, hiding a treacherous heart. And 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.
An oldie but still goodie!
Clare Kimball is a sculptor whose work has gained notoriety and success in the art world. Just as she should be basking in the acceptance of critics and buyers, Clare abruptly decides to leave New York and return to her Emmitsboro, Maryland, her hometown and site of so many painful memories. After having worked as a detective in Washington, DC, Cameron (Cam) Rafferty has also returned to Emmitsboro as the sheriff, escaping to a much quieter life on the streets and in his home. Neither Clare or Cam could have foreseen the evil that lived inside of the town, even though her nightmares were born there.
What a truly creepy story! At least 13 men in that town were practicing satanic rituals incognito but it seemed to me it was a cover for some kinky behavior, that is until it took a murderous turn. Before I reached the end, I’d guessed the identities of most of them but was stunned by the twist at the end. Very, very clever Ms. Roberts and message received. Evil doesn’t necessarily show up in plain sight or stereotypically sinister. I enjoyed listening to the story as the narrator delivered an excellent performance. Even though this is an older book, it didn’t have many dated moments, if you exclude the obvious absence of cell phones. Highly recommend this book and the audio format.
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