Dell, Jul 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
Years ago, Katy Templeton left her family ranch near Thunder Creek, Wyoming feeling lost although time had passed since the death of her hero, her older brother Matt. She returns home after successfully owning a restaurant chain because her grandma has pneumonia and Katy does not want her father to cancel her parents' trip to Paris.
Though fourteen years have passed since Matt fell from a ladder Katy still cannot look at his best friend Jackson Brant, who she felt inadvertently caused the death. He tells her he understands and promises to avoid her. She no longer blames him, but he reminds her too much of Matt's death.
Katy enters Matt's room and notices a drawing he made of a girl, who looks dead, which would have been an out of character sketch for her upbeat brother. She also sees a note to tell dad and Sheriff Harvey. Katy is confused by both items and wonders what Matt meant by them. Unable to resist she begins to investigate. As the danger mounts, she and Jackson fall in love, but will these feelings prove strong enough to overcome the ghost of Matt that is if they survive someone who wants her to cease her inquiries?
Readers will enjoy this angst-laden romantic suspense though they will question the villain's identity and wonder why the heroine is with solving the “mystery” of the drawing. The relationship between Katy and Jackson is tremendously written as the audience can feel the negative vibes slowly change into love in a real depiction that the audience will appreciate.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner