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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nowhere to Hide by Terry Odell

Nowhere To Hide by Terry Odell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (316 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

The trouble with running away is you take yourself with you. After a case goes south, Colleen McDonald leaves her police job in Oregon for a fresh start as a civilian in Orlando. The last thing she needs is some cop with killer blue eyes coming around, looking for her missing landlord. The quickest way to get Deputy Graham Harrigan out of her life is to beat him at his own game.

Finding Jeffrey Walters might be Graham's ticket to a slot in the Criminal Investigations Division. Determined to prove he's the man for the job despite the stain of an unsavory reputation passed down by his training partner, he can't afford to be distracted by the pretty tenant in Walters' guest house. A tenant who seems to know more about the case than he does. A tenant with her own demons.

Will Colleen's secrets destroy Graham's chances for a promotion, or will love make theirs a permanent partnership?

Much is happening from the get-go in Nowhere to Hide. Colleen MacDonald, suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder learns that the trouble with running away is that you take yourself with you — even the subconscious tags along with its bag of nightmares.

Feeling like a failure, Colleen moves from Oregon to Florida to start life over. Determined to make a life that has nothing to do with law enforcement, she almost panics when a uniformed cop show up at her door in less than 24 hours after she arrives in Orlando.

Graham Harrigan, a cop on a trial period to become a detective, makes a routine house call following up on call from a concerned daughter and meets the green-eyed, red-haired Colleen — not his type but intriguing. Her attitude is not what he usually encounters and that makes him wonder what she is hiding.

The forgetful Doris, Colleen’s landlady, and Tracy, Colleen’s new friend liven up life for Colleen, even though Doris does prove to be somewhat of a mystery. Patrolman Clarke, Graham’s nemesis, creates tension but nothing like the mystery man that comes and goes from Doris’ house. However, the man the reader never meets proves to be a mighty force in the mystery that propels Graham and Colleen along on an investigation that starts with a tiny clue. As one small clue builds on top of another, Colleen gets more and more involved but her panic attacks and nightmares keep her at odds with her activities with Graham and makes her doubt her ability to have a future with him.

Terry Odell creates characters that the reader can empathize with and cheer on as they cope with overwhelming challenges. She also writes a love scene that makes one apt to agree with Colleen that “sex rocks”. Her writing style is so smooth that she seems to disappear and the characters come alive so the reader is in the moment with what is going on.

Nowhere to Hide captivates and keeps one turning pages.