They’re back…Jake Brogan and Jane Ryland together again. And oh, how their stories twist and turn to create a tale of suspense, intrigue, and manipulation.
Having left her job at the newspaper because of improprieties that she could not accept, Jane is still looking for her next opportunity. So when, during an interview with the news director for Channel 2, a breaking story needs attention, Jane jumps at the chance. Heading to Curley Park to the scene of a murder, Jane is sure she’ll run into Jake. And how will she explain that they may have to go back into clandestine dating mode?
Melissa, Jane’s baby sister, is marrying Daniel in a week and has come to Boston to pick up her soon-to-be stepdaughter, 6-year-old Gracie for the wedding and her 3-month summer stay with them. Robin, Gracie’s mom, seems to be confused about where her husband, Louis is with Gracie. It seems a bit odd, though Melissa can’t quite put her finger on exactly why she feels that way.
Catherine Siskel is the Mayor of Boston’s Chief of Staff with an office overlooking Curley Park. She has arranged a summer job for her daughter, Tenley, manning some of the city’s traffic cameras. The death a little more than a year before of Tenley’s sister, Lana, sent the family into a downward spiral that is close to tearing them apart at the seams. And now the murder at Curley Park involves someone very close to Catherine and Tenley.
While at the murder scene, Jane is becoming more and more confused by the phone calls from Melissa concerning Gracie. She doesn’t know where she is, then she does, then she doesn’t. At dinner that night, where Melissa is finally being introduced to Jake, the question of Gracie’s whereabouts is still unclear.
Over the next 48 hours, Jake and Jane are both drawn further into the confusion of the cases before them and as the confusion unfolds, the drama and intrigue increase with every turn of a page. In this novel, Jake and Jane are more at peace (YAY!) with their career/relationship status, mainly because of Jane’s lack of a full-time job.
With quite a few twists and turns, the ending will certainly surprise you.
I got to know Jake and Jane in Ryan’s first novel, came to love them in the second, got a little angry with them in the third, and became very proud of them in this one. I can hardly wait for the next one! Chalk it up to the good guys. And in this case, the good guys are awesome!