Sequel to Shadow of Dreams Series
By Eva Marie Everson & G W Francis Chadwick
Barbour Publishing - May 2002
ISBN: 1586604902 - Paperback
Suspense / Contemporary/ Romantic
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer,
Ben Webster, CEO of a five-star hotel chain, revealed an escort service operated by Bucky Caballero out of Jacqueline's, a boutique in the Hamilton Place hotel. Its manager, Andi Daniels, supplied him with the information and he sent her to an undisclosed location for her safety. His car exploded but his body was never found.
Now, 18 months later, his wife Katie is managing the chain but refuses to believe her husband is dead. She has recurring dreams of Ben trying to reach her.
Suddenly Katie begins to receive extravagant presents with no signature cards. She wonders whether this is Ben's way of letting her know he is alive and will be returning.
She calls in Phil Silver, a retired FBI agent and Ben's best friend, to investigate. Bucky Cabollero, who had vanished after the escort service revelation and was believed to have killed Ben, is sighted in New York and is suspected to be behind the gifts. Or is it Sharkey Garone, owner of the Mist Goddess, a strip club from which Katie has taken three of his dancers in an attempt to give them a chance at a better life.
This is a well-plotted story with the suspense building from page one. The characters are well-developed with well-defined relationships. The reader is given a glimpse of the workings of the hotel business and of the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy.
The potential sequel is apparent in the epilogue, which features Andi Daniels and a man who we suspect may be Ben.
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