Texas Ranger Jack Galway knows his wife Susanna loves him, so when their marriage hits a rough patch, he supports her decision to take their teenaged daughters to Boston for a break. But now a couple of weeks has turned into several months and Jack has had enough. He wants his family back.
Ex-convict Alice Parker left a mess beack in Texas, and she'll never forgive Jack for killing her dream of becoming a Texas Ranger herself. Now, guided by greed and vengeance, she's got her sights set on his family.
Packing up the girls and her grandmother, Susanna heads to a cabin in the Adriondacks, trying to escape her fears, and her secrets. And maybe even the man she loves. Little does she realize that they are being followed, only this time by her husband...along with a killer.
This report prepared by Boppy
Mira, Jan 2002, 6.50, 384 pp.
Texas Ranger Jack Galway wants his beloved wife Susanna back, but their separation continues as she lives in Boston making "gazillions" though he has no idea why she left him over a year ago. Their fraternal twin daughters Maggie and Ellen seem adjusted flying back and forth between their parents, but he wants the Galways to become one happy family again.
Seeking solace Maggie buys a cabin in the New York Adirondack Mountains near where her ancestors once lived. She, her daughters, and her grandmother travel to the cabin for a family getaway. However, former law enforcement official Alice Parker sees the four females as the weapons of vengeance against Jack who she blames for her troubles. Alice destroyed a murder crime scene with clumsy police work. To exonerate herself she set up a bogus witness. Jack unraveled her sloppy work, which led to her spending time in prison, her goal to become a Ranger lost forever, and the killer getting free. Alice is coming to Upstate New York.
The suspense of THE CABIN never slows down for a moment as Alice begins her quest. The support cast to include the twins (any fan of Jane Austen as the siblings are has to be a warm character), granny, and several friends add depth to the plot. The split between the lead couple seems contrived and unnecessary adding little except to keep Jack and Susanna apart so that Alice can facilitate her revenge much easier. Fans of action-packed romantic suspense will delight in Carla Neggers' terse thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner