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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Her Biggest Fan by Sharon A Donovan

Her Biggest Fan by Sharon A Donovan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (278 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

From the shadows of the woods, he keeps vigil. The stage is set to drive the pretty little princess insane. He’s coming for her. And when he catches her, he’ll pounce on her like the big bad wolf.

After receiving a disturbing fan letter, New York Times best-selling author Tess Kincaid flees to the New England home she’s inherited following her father’s death. The manor has been tainted, every room staged to resemble the way it was in its glory days. However when Tess calls the police, the chilling props vanish into thin air.

Ruggedly handsome Sheriff Mike Andretti is called to investigate the reported burning candles, dancing gargoyles and otherworldly events. When he discovers no trace of the eerie setting, he finds himself caught between duty and desire. Is the woman with the bewitching green eyes delusional or is this a trap of twisted wit set by a demented fan?

Award-winning author Tess Kincaid doesn’t want to know her biggest fan. He’s gotten way too close. Somehow. She can’t know he’s a particularly predatory photographer. She does know he’s been in her home. What he doesn't know is she’s leaving: leaving New York and her stylish condo, and returning to her charming coastal-Maine roots. The tense drive, the dramatic storm all amount to nothing, compared to what she’s escaping.

Only – will she escape? For in her Dad’s old home, another chilling scene awaits…or then again, does it? Donovan cleverly plays with believability in this chilling tale. Our main character sees and hears things no one else does. When she arrives, Tess wastes no time getting help, and the local sheriff, Mike Andretti seems so sympathetic…yet even he cannot find the hint of a stalker. Mike is a find though: a charming New Englander with equally charming, chowder-cooking parents. He’s got a wonderful heart and is strong and endearing. In short – the perfect leading man.

Tension grows as the reader senses her stalker circling ever closer. We so desperately want Mike to believe her! The way events are going, poor Tess is starting to doubt herself. In fact, there are moments when we readers doubt Tess’ perceptions. Perhaps it is all some sort of madness; stress or depression or… But then in another moment, we see again through the stalker's eyes.

Will Tess’ lack of credibility end in her death?

Often, the reader has more information than the main character; just enough, in fact, to make this all the scarier. Donovan has a wonderful ability to ratchet up the suspense from a creepy feeling all the way up to terror (and everywhere in between.) Her Biggest Fan will appeal to fans of the classic suspense/thriller for sure!

This is an exceptional combination of suspense and romance. Make this one a ‘Must read.’