Blake's immediate attraction to Casey seems somewhat implausible. And although the search for clues to Casey's past adds to the compelling nature of this novel, the immense depravity of Evie and her boyfriend does little to enhance the book's believability.

At 28, Casey Edwards is released from a mental hospital, where she has spent the last 10 years, in the community of Sweetwater, Georgia. With a severe case of amnesia, she has little memory of her life before hospitalization. Unwilling to wait for a ride, Casey travels on foot to Swan House, where her mother, Evie, now lives with John Worthington, the man she married after Cassie's institutionalization. Young doctor Blake Hunter finds her walking and gives her a lift.

While many townspeople seem wary and disdainful toward Casey, Blake's immediate attraction to her provides some romantic highlights to this mysterious tale. As Casey tries to regain her memory, she is provided with assistance from old acquaintance and housekeeper Flora, even as Casey learns that she might have killed her stepbrother, Ronnie, who had sexually abused her for years.

As Blake and Casey come closer to the truth of what happened on that fateful night of Ronnie's brutal murder 10 years earlier, Casey meets with some accidents, proving that someone wishes her harm.

(Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick