Zoe Luce has gone to great lengths to appear as normal as possible. She changed her name and moved to Whispering Springs, AZ to make a fresh start and leave all who knew her behind. However, it is hard to appear normal when walls start screaming at her in her new client's bedroom. Zoe has always had sensitivity to rooms where great emotions were felt and she knows that something terrible happened in that room. She has a sinking suspicion that her new client killed his wife in that room. Zoe isn't sure what to do so she hires Ethan Truax, the new private investigator in town to find her client's wife, but Ethan is suspicious of Zoe and is determined to find out more about her.
Ethan knows that Zoe is not what she seems, especially after he finds her client's wife buried in the backyard, but he cannot seem to break through her shell - until Zoe gets a blackmail note. When Ethan finds out that Zoe was imprisoned in a mental hospital by her dead husband's family, he knows that he has to protect her. He is not sure why, but it is just something that he does. When his brother was murdered, he lost his career, his third wife, everything to bring his rich and powerful killers to justice - and it was worth it. Ethan, too, is starting over and he thinks that he has found the fresh start that he wants in Zoe. However, Zoe and Ethan are way too stubborn and afraid to share their hopes and dreams with each other. Will they admit their love before more lives are ruined?
I enjoyed this book more than I have enjoyed a Jayne Ann Krentz book in a while. I really felt that Krentz was making an effort to differentiate her characters from other books that she had written and not do the stereotypical quirky heroine with stoic, incommunicative hero. I really liked Zoe and found her to be quite normal (aside from the screaming walls thing) and Ethan was much more in tune with himself than most of the other heroes out there. My only complaint was that there were a lot of side plots going on in the book and Krentz didn't have time to follow up on all of them in a satisfactory fashion. I think that it would have been better for this book to have been split into two so that the characters and the plot could have been more developed. Still, if you enjoy Krentz, I think you will like this one and it is worth your time to check it out from the library or buy from a used bookstore.
This report prepared by Debbie
Putnam, Jan 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
She is an interior designer who incorporates the principles of feng shui and other New Age ideas when she redesigns a house. Zoe Luce is so popular in Whispering Springs that the wealthy Davis Mason hires her to redo his home. When she walks into the master bedroom she senses that somebody very recently was murdered there and she thinks it was Davis' missing wife. Not wanting to work for a killer, Zoe hires private investigator Ethan Truax to discover what happened to her client's wife. It doesn't take long for Ethan to discover that Davis did indeed murder his wife and he offers to protect Zoe before Davis kills her too. He gets there in time to incapacitate Davis.
Zoe and Ethan's relationship is far from over. Somebody knows that Zoe escaped from Candles Lake Manor after being wrongfully committed there by her dead husband's family. Zoe knows that she will somehow flush out the killer who destroyed her life and bring him to justice if Ethan can protect her from the blackmailers and those who will harm her.
Jayne Ann Krentz can always be counted on to write an excellent work of romantic suspense and she doesn't disappoint her audience in LIGHT IN SHADOW. The heroine and hero bumble along into a relationship that neither wants to let go of but one in which both are afraid to admit their true feelings. This endears them to the audience who will find them very likable and unpredictable as they jump from the frying pan into the fire as there are two distinct subplots linked by this attractive duo.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner