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Britt Shelley, journalist of Channel 7 wakes up to find herself naked with dead cop Jay Burgess in bed beside her and she does not remember how she got there. Everyone assumes that she had a lover's quarrel with Jay and killed him. She organizes a press conference in which she says Jay told her that he had cancer and very little time left. She also says that she does not remember anything about the night and she may have been given a date rape drug.
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Later she is kidnapped and taken to a cabin in the woods by Raley Gannon. Raley believes Britt's theory about the drug because the same thing had happened to him five years ago when he had woken up next to a dead girl and had no recollection of the events leading to it.
Five years ago Raley Gannon had been an arson investigator who had been investigating the fire in the police station where seven people had died. Jay Burgess, Patrick Wickham, Cobb Fordyce and George McGowan were hailed heroes in that fire because they had saved numerous lives. Raley's investigation was lagging behind due to the unavailability of files on Cleveland Jones, who has been arrested that day. Raley has attended a party thrown by Jay and the next day woke up beside a dead girl in Jay's apartment. When Raley said that he couldn't remember anything from the previous night and may have been given a date rape drug then nobody besides his friend Candy Orrin, the ADA and Jay believed him.
Due the scandal involving the dead girl Raley lost his reputation, job and fiancée. He had been staying in the cabin for the past five years planning to vindicate himself. When he saw Britt on the news he thought that he could use her. Then two men try to kill Britt by drowning her car in the river but Raley rescues her.
Then follows a cat and mouse chase between the two men and Raley and Britt who are trying find what happened on the day of the fire five years ago, what is the secret the heroes are trying to hide and who killed Jay and is after them now.
In the end it revealed that Pat Wickham's son, Pat jr. was gay and Cleveland was not very open minded about it and had beaten him with an inch of his life. Burgess, Wickham and McGowan arrested Cleveland and somehow killed him. They had staged the fire but it spread through the old police station. They had wanted someone from the DA office to be present and Candy was there. She knew about Cleveland and the fire. Jay Burgess was dying and had wanted to come clear about the events five years ago so Candy had him killed. Judge Cassandra Orrin aka Candy who was in the run for federal district court judge, didn't want anyone jeopardizing her carrier.
Best part of story, including ending: The thing i like about the book is that it was very difficult to even guess who the killer was and what was their motive.

Best scene in story: The ending scene is the best where Raley (hero) and Britt (heroine) realize and confess their love for each other.

Opinion about the main character: I dislike Raley at first because i don't like the way he treats Britt but later he became considerate.

The review of this Book prepared by Souko Kin a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   best friend Murder of certain profession?    -   lawmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   amnesia Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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