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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Page From The Past by Cindy Davis

A Page From The Past by Cindy Davis
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (270 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

The first warning is swift and to the point, but bookstore owners Glenn and Lindsay Reade don’t ‘get it’ until their lives are threatened a second time. All they’ve done is read a young girl’s diary and attempt to locate the owner. Just because the journal describes the girl’s rape and subsequent murder of the rapist is no reason for anyone to want them dead, is it? The book is obviously more than forty years old. Who in the tiny Berkshire town of Paris, Massachusetts could still care?

But someone does. And that someone is willing to kidnap and murder to protect their long buried secret.

In six words Cindy Davis grabs her reader’s attention in a death defying situation. “Our van sailed over the embankment …”

Lindsay Reade tells of how the acquisition of forty year old diary sets off a train of events that start with a bang; the bang of one vehicle hitting another and sending it flying off the road.

Lindsay and her husband Glenn are looking forward to going through their latest haul of second-hand books when they arrive home when their world turns upside down. Who ran them off the road and why? Was it an accident or not?

Ms. Davis sets up and awesome cast of small town characters who all come under scrutiny. Is a neighbour’s concern genuine, or a desire to find out how much progress Lindsay and Glenn are making in their investigation to the reason for their ‘accident’.

And who is the mysterious woman Lindsay employs to work in their book store? Author Cindy Davis will keep you guessing, and just when you think you have the plot sussed she throws in another curve.

All through the traumatic events that follow, the friendship, love and trust between husband and wife shines through. While evil shatters their comfortable world and threatens their existence they are there for each other. Their love and devotion for each other weaves through all the mayhem.

For anyone who enjoys murder, mystery and suspense this is a book for you. Once you pick it up, you’ll find it hard to put down again, so make sure you give yourself plenty of ‘me’ time and enjoy the way Cindy Davis unfolds her plots and her characters capture your imagination.