Harper does not disappoint with the first book in her Cold Creek series, set in a small Ohio town. Characters come to life on the page and nail-biting suspense makes this a book you won’t put down.
Tess Lockwood is haunted by what she can’t remember of her abduction as a child. When Tess inherits her family home, she returns to Cold Creek, Ohio, to sell the house and get back to Michigan as fast as she can. However, she learns there have been other kidnappings over the years, and regaining her lost memories could be just the break Sheriff Gabe McCord needs to solve these crimes. Gabe still carries guilt over Tess’ kidnapping, since it happened while he was in charge of watching her. Now, as sheriff, he is obsessed with finding the kidnapper responsible before another child disappears. As their feelings for each other grow, will Gabe and Tess be able to mine her forgotten memories before the kidnapper tries to silence Tess for good? (MIRA, Sep., 400 pp., $7.99)