Two months after her disappearance, a young woman's body turns up on a New Hampshire riverbank hundreds of miles from home. Now the murder victim’s identical twin, Rose Blue, tries to use her flawed psychic connection to her sister to solve the tragic case.
Homicide Detective Luke Lennox is skeptical of her abilities and finds the mysterious newcomer a distraction. As the department’s latest hire, he has a lot to prove, and he’s learned from past experiences a personal involvement with Rose will only end in disaster. When a threatening message alerts Rose the murderer dreams of them together, Lennox must stay close to Miss Blue. With the clock ticking and a cunning killer always one step ahead, Luke reluctantly allows her close to him during his investigation. But can he protect her from the danger that lies ahead, or lose his heart and career in this deadly game of doubles?
A chill seeped into Rose Blue’s hands, through her jeans and stocking feet on the wooden kitchen floor. She paused over her unmade sandwich and stretched the cuffs of her navy turtleneck downward.
The rip of duct tape echoed in her ears. Footsteps crunched against the stones. Closer. Closer.
The granite counter blurred and warped into a granite ledge overhanging a river.
The vision sucked her in.
A shadowy figure hovered over a petite woman wearing a pink parka and lying on the ridge. Clammy strands of blond hair clung to a heart-shaped face, a face the mirror image of her own.
Oh, God! Gooseflesh rippled up Rose’s spine. The shadow bound Dahlia’s hands and feet with gray tape, round and round. Terror flooded Rose’s chest. Goose flesh ripped across her arms.
“Help!” she screamed before the duct tape silenced her sister’s last cry.
Rose gasped and turned over. She was lying on the planked floor in her one bedroom apartment. What happened? The hum of the furnace kicking on followed by a flash of heat filled the first floor apartment.
Her head ached like someone had slugged her. Near her hand, she spotted the butter knife. She grabbed the weapon and crawled toward the granite counter. Gripping the edge, she hauled herself to her feet. She held the blade in striking position while she tossed frantic glances over her shoulder to search the area.
Was she suffering a migraine, going crazy? She listened for the creep of a footstep, the sound of breathing, any noise in her apartment. “Who’s there?”
Rose and Dahlia are twins that share a jewelry store together. I don't know many twins so reading how connected they are to each other is heart warming! Rose starts getting visions that something tragic will happen to Dahlia. Scared out of her wits, she calls her sister and no one picks up the phone. Panicking like a madwoman, she goes to the police to report a missing person. There she meets Detective Luke Lennox (insert rawr factor) who's very weary of her. Dahlia decides to pop up out of no where and tell Rose clues, and when she tells the Detective he turns the other direction. After a while she tells Luke things that no on else knows - because Dahlia told her - and he starts to believe her.
The murderer that killed Dahlia's sister is now coming after her. She's not safe, and Luke decides to keep her close. Romance ensues - my favorite parts - and while together they find out the mystery.
I love this book! To me, if a book that's supposed to be a mystery ends up very predictable I take away many stars because it's disappointing. Dead Women Tell No Lies is thankfully a book that had many twists and turns. When I tried to figure out the plot, it will change in a different direction! Of course the romance isn't a shocker… it's a romance book so them together was obviously going to happen. Otherwise the plot kept me hooked to the end.
Both Rose and Luke have chemistry; it didn't feel forced or like it "had" to happen. They really played off of each other well, I really feel like they'll be a good couple that will last for the rest of their lives. There's growth through out the book so none of the characters got boring or dull. I can really connect to Rose and feel horrible about her sister. Thankfully I haven't lost someone I care about yet… I've been lucky.
All together I give this book 5 stars. It kept me engaged, the characters are well rounded, I never felt bored or skimmed/skipped pages, and the writing is well done.
About the author:
Nora LeDuc lives in New England with husband, two children, cat, Scaredy and dog, Winter. Dead Women Tell No Lies is her tenth published book. She loves to hear from her readers.
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I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish for an exchange of an honest review. That in no way has influenced my review.