Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"hidden in the stars" by robin caroll

Whether you prefer your romance to be historical, contemporary, or suspenseful, Abingdon's Quilts of Love series has something to offer. Hidden in the Stars fits nicely into the contemporary suspense category.

A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21‑year‑old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

I had the opportunity to review Hidden in the Stars several months ago when it went on tour with a company I often work with. I passed on it, a move I regretted once the excellent reviews began rolling in. So when it popped up as an offering through Vine, I requested it immediately.

From the very first page, when Sophia wakes up battered and confused in the hospital, I was completely hooked. The mystery about Sophia's mother and the attack is unraveled at a good pace, and I absolutely flew through the pages.

Oftentimes in romances, especially short ones like this, the author spends so much time on the relationship between the hero and the heroine that everything else takes a backseat. Not so in Hidden in the Stars. The friendship between Sophia and Charlie, the woman who reads her lips when she cannot speak, is actually more developed than the romance, and I think it's one of the highlights of the novel.

Overall, Hidden in the Stars is a great suspense novel with a touch of romance. It also provides a glimpse into the ballet world that I found fascinating. I highly recommend it! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of other Quilts of Love novels.

Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20‑plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character‑filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free for review from through its Vine reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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