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Friday, April 8, 2011

Whisper by Kathleen Lash

Whisper by Kathleen Lash
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Heat Level Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

After an accident at work, Keith returns home to heal. What he finds is the soft spoken woman who lives across the street, running his household and caring for his brothers. When Whisper looks after him too, Keith finds it impossible to think about her anywhere but in his home. He believes he’s found the one thing missing in his life—someone for him.

That changes when he learns Whisper isn’t her real name. She doesn’t work at a computer company. Her sister is, in fact, her sister-in-law and Whisper’s being hunted by an ex-husband, private investigators and Federal agents. Common sense tells him to protect his brothers, turn his back, and forget about the woman who lives a lie. Every instinct screams for him to hold on and keep her safe.

Why would a healthy looking young girl attempt to steal two packages of hotdogs and a pound of bacon? Wondering that, Keith got involved and found out that’s not the only mystery in her life.

Ms. Lash writes from her heart. This is the story of an abused woman, and the author is very good at expressing the fear, distrust and disgust Whisper feels. Whisper just wants to be left alone and insulates herself against life and love because of her past. Whisper has secrets…

The author makes you see how a person’s self-worth can be whittled away until the person flinches when someone tries to touch them just like an abused cat or dog will. Her main male character, Keith, is a strong man who is raising a family of boys. Keith is not always home because he works away, but there are house rules and the boys (who are growing into men at this point) can call him for help. Ms. Lash brings Whisper and Scott together when Heather is brought home from her shoplifting incident. But trying to build a road of trust after so much pain is hard.

The abuser is still alive and still looking for Whisper. The reader will feel Whisper’s fear and Keith’s concern about her. The plot is well thought out and plausible. There’s plenty of action to keep the reader’s attention focused on the story. And the ending is not something you can foretell; it could go one of several different ways. As you read, you’ll begin to worry about Whisper, too. It’s that kind of story. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of your own. You won't regret it.