The last time Madrid, OK experienced real danger was when the infamous Bonnie and Clyde passed through town. Since then, Madrid has always been safe, so it is a horrible shock when Lauren Howard, one of Uma Thornton's friends, is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. One year later, Lauren's killer is still at large and more trouble returns to town.

Eighteen years ago, following a devastating fire that burned down their ranch and killed their father, brothers Mitchell and Roman Warren left town. While Madrid holds many negative memories for Mitchell, who has since returned, it also holds positive ones, especially of Uma.

Mitchell and Uma have done a lot of living since the last time they saw each other. However, events from the past still color emotions and opinions. Mitchell knows that his father's death was no accident and with Lauren's murder unsolved, the safety and security of Madrid could be an illusion.

A supposedly sleepy town burns with dark emotions and dangerous impulses in Cait London's new romantic thriller. The complicated relationships between characters make building, or in some cases rebuilding, trust and love a challenge that Ms. London accomplishes nicely. (Aug., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith