When the prodigal MacDowell heir suddenly returns to the family fold, foster daughter Carolyn would much rather stick a knife in him than in the fatted calf. Eighteen years ago, after giving the smitten sixteen-year-old Carolyn a passionate kiss goodbye, Alex MacDowell disappeared.
Carolyn never told anyone that she followed Alex that night to the beach and saw a shadowy figure shoot him. She wound up in the hospital with severe pneumonia, and by the time she recovered, it was assumed that troublemaker Alex had just run off.
Sallye MacDowell, Alexs mother, and Carolyns foster mother, is dying of cancer, and Alex says that hes come home to reconcile. But with the MacDowell millions at stake, all the relatives are suspicious. Sallye, however, is certain that this is her beloved son.
At first, Carolyn believes he is an impostor, but then he divulges information only Alex could know. Whoever he is, he is playing a dangerous game, for whoever shot Alex nearly 20 years ago is bound to try again.
SHADOW LOVER is the quintessential Anne Stuart thriller: lots of danger, spice and wit blended together to form an exhilarating and irresistible read. (Mar., 320 pp., $6.99)