Colleen McDonald has escaped to Orlando, Florida from Oregon. Post traumatic stress disorder after being shot and seeing her partner killed haunts her days and nights. The citrus state isn't the haven she had hoped for. Her landlord is missing. Handsome Deputy Sheriff Graham Harrigan is investigating. As the two become closer the suspense builds as the two compete and then cooperate to find the bad guy.
Terry Odell has penned an excellent suspense that deals sensitively with both PTSD and Alzheimer's disease. Colleen is probably a worst-case example of why police officers dread domestic disturbance calls so much.
Secondary characters help make the tale much better than the average romantic who-done-it. Doris Walters, who seems to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's, varies from sad to funny. Tracy, a dancer who helps feminize tomboy Colleen, is great. Lt. Schaeffer gives Graham the chance to prove himself as a detective. He also shows a sensitivity at times that goes above what many may think is status quo for someone in his position.
There are others but these three really standout as exceptional characterizations. Of course, Graham and Colleen are also great. Neither is perfect which makes them even more human and easy to relate to. Their romance isn't easily built because both are complex personalities. It wouldn't seem true to the story if they strayed out of character to add more sexuality faster.
Odell starts with realism and maintains it throughout without the quick fixes. She doesn't use scenario shifts to cover territory a reader wants to know about. This author continues to be one who meets all my expectations for a great story.
Causes Terry Odell Supports
Pro Literacy Worldwide, The Nature Conservancy, The Adult Literacy League, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society