PageFree Publishing, Inc
Date: Feb. 2004
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Notes: Janet Elaine Smith is the author of 11 published
novels and her latest non-fiction book, The Flood of the Millennium
(The Real Story: The Survivors). She is also a well known magazine
writer, both print and ezines.
in the Storm
By Melissa S. James
Carpenter, travel nurse, is working at the nursery in a hospital
in Corpus Christie when a baby is missing. When the detectives find
her watch in the missing baby's crib, Karissa becomes the prime
suspect, especially when they find out that babies had disappeared
in three other places where she was working.
has many skeletons in her closet, including a husband whose suicide
attempt turned him into a vegetable, a baby of her own who died
under suspicious circumstances, and strange clues that keep turning
up. All of the catastrophes involving babies took place during storms,
including her own baby's death.
Braden Marcison comes to Karissa's rescue, first convincing her
that he believes in her innocence, and then convincing her that
she is still capable of loving and feeling. He eventually recruits
his parents, who are top-notch lawyers, to help her in her pursuit
of the truth.
problem is that Karissa is not sure that she is innocent. Could
she have had some form of amnesia and have actually taken the babies?
If so, what did she do with them?
is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read from page one. While Melissa
James is a new writer, she could give Mary Higgins Clark a real
run for her money. She keeps you guessing, through numerous twists
and turns and a variety of secondary characters that are as endearing
as the primary ones. There are more suspects than there are chapters
in the book.
This is one
of the most engaging mysteries I have read in a long time, and the
end has a definite twist. You will fall in love with Karissa and
Braden, and you will be as supportive of her as Braden was. Highly