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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Whisper by Carla Neggers

The Whisper by Carla Neggers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (333 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

It was meant to be an adventure—a night alone on a remote Irish island. Archaeologist Sophie Malone never expected to find Celtic treasure or to end up in a fight for her life in a dark, desolate cave. Now, a year later, she's convinced answers to the mysteries of that night lie in Boston. Is the recent violence there connected to her night of terror? Who has the priceless gold artifacts that disappeared from the cave…and who is responsible for the whispers she heard in the dark?

Nearly killed in an explosion a month ago, Boston detective Cyrus "Scoop" Wisdom has recovered from his injuries. He's after the bomber—and he thinks it's another cop. But when Sophie unknowingly leads him to a retired officer’s body amid symbols of ritual sacrifice, it's clear nobody's safe, and everyone's a suspect.

Tough and stubborn, Scoop is the best on the force at detecting lies…except maybe those of Sophie Malone. Together Sophie and Scoop face the greatest challenge of their lives: someone is using ancient rituals to commit modern-day murder—and the killing has only just begun.

Whether love-at-first-sight, fairy dust, or whatever; it changes Scoop Wisdom’s life, when Sophie Malone appears at the old ruins in Ireland where Scoop lingers. They both feel a connection that has nothing to do with a mutual acquaintance that had a near-death experience at the ruins.

The Whisper switches from Ireland to Boston repeatedly as Scoop and Sophie dodge would-be assailants and work to solve the mystery of the terrifying night Sophie spent in a cave on a small Irish island. They need to find out how it ties to theft, arson, and murder.

Amid an abundance of secondary characters, Scoop, a detective for internal affairs for the Boston Police Department, and Sophie, an archaeologist, tiptoe around their emerging love as they search for answers. Tension runs high at times. They are both at a crossroads in their lives.

Two of the secondary characters Myles Fletcher and Josie create their own heated love story as they help Scoop and Sophie unravel a tangle of events that are fueled by greed.

Even though the secondary are somewhat distracting at times, Carla Neggers enhances The Whisper with beautiful description and subtle humor while creating twists and turns that keep the reader eagerly turning pages.