SAY YOU LOVE ME
Strong narration, an intricate plot and extensive use of multiple viewpoints make Herron's novel suspenseful. The villain is particularly sinister, and readers who are keen on delving into the thought processes of the criminally insane will find much to appreciate
here. But lack of truth-telling between the protagonists is the primary romantic complication, which lessens the story's conflict. Still, the author's vivid descriptions hold the reader's attention.
Detective Jean-Paul Dubois is a man of Cajun background who's haunted by his past. In the days leading up to Mardi Gras, Jean-Paul's determination to find the murderer lurking in the shadows of the bayou intensifies. As he narrows his search for the killer, he comes to realize that he must protect Britta at all costs. He also discovers that he must protect his heart, which is in equally grave danger. (HQN, Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)