Saturday, September 8, 2012

In Close [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "In Close" the 3rd book in her Bulletproof trilogy by Brenda Novak.

Product Description

Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident — after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance.

Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire is determined to find out — and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life.

Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found ….

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 40 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at To date, she’s raised over $1 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Mira; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778312666
ISBN-13: 978-0778312666

My Review:

Fifteen years ago in Pineview, Montana Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, disappeared without a trace.  The case wasn't solved and it became a cold case.  Claire suffered a devastating lost last year when her husband David died in a car accident.

Claire needs to know what really happened to her mother and as a homage to her David she starts an investigation of her own.  While looking through her mother's attic she finds some files with articles about her mother's disappearance that David had.  Before she could read them she is suddenly attacked by someone. 

She screams for help and to her embarrassment her savior is non other then her ex-lover Issac Morgan.  Their relationship ended very badly and now she tries to avoid him.  Issac finds evidence that David's accident wasn't an accident and someone killed him because he was onto to them.  Issac and Claire agree to work together and in their investigation they find out what really happened to Alana and a big secret about her younger sister that no many people know about.

I didn't really connect with Claire because it seemed like she only cared what other people thought of her and she sacrificed her life to please undeserving people like her younger sister Leanne.  Her behavior was kind of childish especially when Issac rejected her love and she ran back to David and married him.

I connected with Issac and I felt like he totally regretted rejected Claire's love because he wasn't ready to deal with the way she made him feel.  He was going through a lot and had to deal with issues and he just lost the only dad he knew at the time before he could enter a real relationship.  He now knows he wants Claire in his life forever and would do anything to obtain his goal.

Leanne was a piece of work and a horrible person to boot.  I hate the way she treats Claire and I believe she blames her for her problems and insecurities.

This book had lots of twists and turns and was very fast paced and thrilling.


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