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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Social worker Jackie Henson's boyfriend weds another. But she doesn't have time for self-pityher clients are committing suicide without reason.
She hires P.I. Clay Graham, her sister-in-law's brother, to help her get to the bottom of these deaths. Then Jackie's ex sends
Girard establishes a romantic premise, but the hook vanishes after the fifth chapter as she tries to create a world filled with cults, British-Jamaican ethnic enclaves and the next great American detectiveall of which fail because she doesn't find a suitable balance of romance and suspense.
There are too many subplots involving Jackie and Clay's families, which could have worked if this novel was broken down into a romantic suspense series. The minor characters keep the reader from finding the clues to solve the mysterious deaths and from witnessing a carefree love between Clay and Jackie turn into something more enduring. (May, 320 pp, $5.99)
Reviewed By: Dee Y. Stewart
Published: May 2005