Jove, Jan 2003, 6.99, 416 pp.
In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, two unsavory individuals visit Samantha Carroll at her Western Wonders Art Gallery. They insist her real father crime boss Nicholas Merlitta is dying and wants to see her for the first time since her mother fled Boston with her over three decades ago. Samantha believes her father David died two years ago though they insist otherwise and also inform her that she has a twin brother. Samantha confronts her mother Tracy who admits that she is the daughter of Nicholas.
Samantha decides to meet her brother and her biological father. Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Nate McLean is stunned to learn that Merlitta's wife and daughter lives. He decides to use Samantha to get at Nick, Jr. who he thinks is laundering money. Nate seeks revenge for the shooting death of his mother by the Merlitta mob. However, he never thought he would fall in love with someone who shares the blood of his enemy yet now risks his life to keep her safe from an unknown assailant perhaps her twin.
Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy the fast-paced TWISTED SHADOWS. The story line starts at quite a clip as Tracy holding two eight month old infants flees the mob though there seems a disconnect since she ended with one child and her spouse the other (explained somewhat much later). Nate is an obsessed agent whose dreams are on the verge of coming true when love twists his equilibrium for living. Samantha is a brave and wonderful individual while the support cast provides depth leading to TWISTED SHADOW captivating the audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner