Barbara Delinsky returns readers to the warm and charming town of Lake Henry, the setting for her previous novel, Lake News, and reintroduces them to Poppy Blake and Griffin Hughes, as well a a new romantic couple, Heather Malone and Micah Smith.

It was an inadvertent comment made by Griffin that started the nightmare that is about to engulf lovers Heather and Micah. Months earlier, while he was in Lake Henry, New Hampshire following the story of Poppy's tragedy, he mentioned to his FBI agent brother that Heather looked similar to a woman in a wanted poster. This comment leads to the arrest of Heather as the fugitive Lisa Matlock, who killed the son of a former U.S. Senator 15 years ago in a hit-and-run.

Heather's best friend Poppy is adamant that a horrible mistake has been made. While Micah and Heather's attorney tries to get Heather released, Poppy watches over Micah's two young daughters. Feeling horribly guilty and wanting to make amends, Griffin returns to Lake Henry and offers his services and resources, while also becoming romantically involved with Poppy.

Poppy and Griffin become extremely worried when Heather shuts down emotionally and refuses to answer questions. Is Heather really Lisa? If so, what actually happened all those years ago? Considering the ex-senator's clout, Heather's friends are facing quite a challenge in trying to free her.

The multiple layers of interlocking characters and plotlines add up to one transfixing and thoroughly satisfying story. (Jul., 384 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith