Don’t blink, or you’ll miss some of the action in this fast-paced series- starter. There’s no extended estrangement between the two leads, and this makes the story more engaging. There are some underlying, and very current, issues about caring for an aging parent, but this does not detract from readers enjoying the suspense and romance. Even against the backdrop of murder, this easy read still leads to a happy ending with the promise of future adventures.
Nola Landry and Tate Benton grew up together, always expecting that the love they shared through college would keep them together forever. That all changed when Tate and his mother suddenly left Queens Crossing. Tate begged Nola to come with them, but he never explained why. Fast forward to the present: Tate comes home with his two investigative partners. They are all FBI special agents, hunting for a serial killer known as the Stormchaser, who has been killing survivors of natural disasters. Nola turns out to be the first person to witness his actions when three of her neighbors are gunned down in the wake of a terrible flood. As Nola and Tate’s old feelings float to the surface, the race is on to find the killer before he finds her. (MIRA, Oct., 352 pp., $7.99