Date: September 2003
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By Therese Heckenkamp
Finley, just shy of her eighteenth birthday, is sent to live with
her uncle in Lorens, Wisconsin after her mother’s death. Although
life with her mother wasn’t easy, she is furious when she
is sent from California to a place she has no ties to – and
to a man she doesn’t even know. She plans from the beginning
to save up enough money to go back to California when she turns
eighteen. She finds that life is very different in Lorens. Although
she is free from her over-protective mother, she has no use for
the mild-mannered uncle who runs a bookstore.
settles into her temporary existence with a resentful attitude –
until her world is turned upside down by two men who come into her
life. Philip is handsome and exciting. Justin is introspective and
down-to-earth. But there are secrets swirling around Lorens.
discovers a deserted mansion – a place where one woman fell
to her death, and where her own mother, Tiffany, was injured in
a fall when she was Robin’s age. While staying in her mother’s
old room, she finds a diary and tries to understand what changed
Tiffany from a carefree teenager into a fearful woman who watched
over her daughter constantly, even forbidding her to date until
she turned eighteen.
her relationships with Philip and Justin deepen, she finds that
there is a mystery afoot. There is gold hidden somewhere in the
old mansion, and Tiffany may have had a map to its location. While
Robin searches for the map, she realizes that the gold may be the
key to everything. But is she setting herself up for the same fate
as her mother? Is she being stalked by someone who wants the gold
at any price? It is difficult to sort the truth from the lies, but
Robin must – before it’s too late.
Heckenkamp began work on Past Suspicion when she was eighteen.
Although she is now twenty-three, she writes with a talent usually
seen only in older and more experienced writers. She has crafted
a marvelous story with layers and depth. Her characters are richly
drawn and intriguing. Past Suspicion is a page-turner,
and Heckenkamp is an author to be reckoned with. I expect to see
her work in the future and suspect that she has a long and successful
career in front of her.