Viking, Sept 2003, 22.95, 258 pp.
He is suave, sexy and sweet but that doesn't stop his significant other from dumping him with no explanation after two years together. So when Laurie ask Will Buchanan to escort her niece to Zealand Falls in the New Hampshire White Mountains so she can meet her brother Josh who is hiking the Appalachian trail, he agrees to do it hoping this is the first stop towards a reconciliation.
When the two siblings meet, Will is shocked to see them make love, but also hears another person close by. When Josh's body is found at the bottom of the Cliff, Will knows instantly that he was murdered and thinks of the stranger in the woods. Will becomes involved in Laurie's family troubles, which lands him in jail, accused of raping and beating Erin. When he makes bail, Erin disappears and Will tracks her down only to find himself the prisoner of Josh's killer. It will take some very clever planning and execution on Will's part if he wants to get himself, Erin and Laurie (who was also kidnapped) out of their predicament and in one piece.
DEADLY KIN is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that will have readers turning the pages to see what happens next. There are so many twists and turns and red herrings that readers will be hard pressed to figure out what is really happening to Erin. It is difficult to understand why Will wants Laurie back after the way she treated him and the trouble he gets into because of her. Inside all this action, Tom Eslick brings to life the beauty of the White Mountains to life.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner