Kathy Herman takes the reader off on a suspenseful page-turner in the first of her series Secrets of Roux River Bayou, False Pretenses! I was immediately drawn to the hometown atmosphere of this Loiusiana bayou setting...colorful shops, cajun cuisine and language, and southern plantations!
Zoe Broussard's life is perfect...her dream of opening a successful cajun eatery has come to fruition, a dream she shares with the love of her life, Pierce Broussard. As her best friends, Vanessa and Ethan Langley, embark on fulfilling their own dream of turning an inherited plantation into a bed-and-breakfast, Zoe's perfect world begins to unravel.
What terrible secrets is Zoe hiding from the past that could destroy her marriage and reputation, and who is sending her frightening, anonymous notes, threatening to expose her? And who is the mysterious stranger that Vanessa and Ethan's four year old son claims to have spoken to in the mansion? Is he the product of a child's overactive imagination or is the Langley mansion actually harboring a ghost?
Eventually Zoe's lies put her and all those she loves in terrible danger, and her marriage is put to the ultimate test. A riveting novel of past mistakes, forgiveness, tension and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat! My passion is historical fiction, but there is enough southern history packed in this powerful novel, to have successfully turned me into a fan of contempory suspense. At least of Kathy's books anyway! I can't wait for the next one!
*Warning* There is some violence for those of you who are a bit on the squeamish side.
I have this bad habit. Fellow book lovers, you'll probably relate to this. I love to buy books, to collect books, but often times I buy them faster than I can read them. I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but I do miss out on a lot of good books because of this. I have a few of Kathy Herman's books on my shelf that are yet unread, but I was really looking forward to finally reading her newest book, False Pretenses.
I liked this book a lot. I don't know what I was expecting exactly, but I liked the cozy, small-town feeling Kathy created while at the same time, there is tension, suspense and secrets. I know from reading her posts on Facebook and such that she did a lot of research for this book, especially for the location. She must have done a very thorough job because the details and mood she creates brought me and will bring other readers to this charming Louisiana town. Everything from the people and the Cajun accents to the food served in Zoe's cafe, it all comes to life in this book.
The story itself is quite good as well. There is plenty of suspense to keep the reader guessing and reading, but there is also much more going on that makes the story interesting. Kathy is a master at creating suspense and drama that made this book go by very quickly for me. All those hours of watching 24 have paid off! She is very good at leaving readers wanting more.
The only downside I can think of is that sometimes the dialogue dragged a little. There were just a few times I found my mind wander a little, but I didn't feel that this affected my overall enjoyment of the book as a whole. Overall, False Pretenses is a very good read, a must for suspense fans.