Gone From Me by Linda Winfree
Series: Hearts of the South #10
Published by Samhain Publishing on May 10th 2016
Genres: Suspense, Mystery
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Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Amy Bennett isn't sure when her own Prince Charming went AWOL from their marriage, but she's certain of one thing. She wants him back. She and Rob had it all: law-enforcement careers they loved and each other. Yet somehow he's wound up sleeping on the couch and emotionally beyond her reach.
Rob is trying to put the pieces back together, but battling his own demons while starting over in a small-town sheriff's department is pushing him and his marriage to the breaking point.
His very first missing person's case threatens to end anything but happily ever after for the families involved. Then a young man goes missing too, and the pressure has Rob reaching for the nearest lifeline. The one that's dangling by the barest of threads his wife.
And though Amy's grip is strong, her love may not be enough to keep Rob from slipping away.
"Warning: Contains a husband who's holding too much in, and a wife who'll do anything to get him to let go, even meet him halfway on their last piece of common ground in bed. Also: cop bonding between cops who talk like cops.""
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
It was so good to read a story not written in the first person for a change!
Rob, is the new cop in town who is dealing with multiple issues at home and work. He’s no stranger to his new colleagues, they know of him and his recently deceased father, a highly respected police officer. This eases his transition into the new station but also adds a level of expectation.
His wife Amy has no idea how to deal with the man she loves and the distance slowly emerging in their marriage. It was interesting to read about a couple fighting for each other in a practical way. There was minimal drama but a lot of soul-searching prompted by wise onlookers who were able to guide them through with caring and sensitive dialogue. While their situation was confronting and challenging it was written with sincerity. The suspense and personal struggles drew me into the story. The evidence or knowledge of what was happening always felt close and confirmed they were on the right track. Rob was astutely aware the evidence he has to work on doesn’t add up but he refuses to give up despite the mounting dead ends he and his partner are discovering.
This was my first Linda Winfree book and it won’t be my last! I was rewarded for taking a chance on it with it being a genuine standalone story. In the beginning, I was worried I would be disadvantaged by starting with the 10th book in the series, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all. Now to find the time to backtrack and check out the other books I’ve skipped! It’s something I’ll keep in mind with the suspense and nature of the stories I usually read being a lot heavier than this, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading Gone From Me!
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
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