The steadily escalating tension, deft characterizations and an ongoing air of terror and secrets keep Graves’ Cooper family tales at the top of any must-read list. A fishing tournament wouldn’t seem like the place for a life-and-death escape, but between a tornado that tears a small Mississippi town in half and the deadly secrets she left behind years earlier, Mariah Cooper knows it’s only a matter of time before she and her new husband, Jake, must face her past, which she has gone to great lengths to keep hidden. When they are kidnapped, Mariah will do anything to keep Jake alive, including telling him her horrifying secrets. And as Jake comes to the stunned realization that he doesn’t really know his wife, he also discovers clues that could solve a cold case that nearly destroyed his family.
Reviewed by Pat Cooper