In Dyble’s debut novel, an amnesiac finds herself falling for a mysterious man as they investigate his brother-in-law’s murder.
When Tanya Riverton wakes up in a hotel room with a serious bump on her head and no memory of who she is, she’s naturally suspicious of the handsome stranger, Wade Scott, watching over her. The man seems familiar, but she’s not sure if he is responsible for her condition or if, as he claims, he rescued her from an attempted murder. Wade convinces her that his intentions are noble; he says that a fall from a balcony caused her memory loss, and it may be linked to the murder of his brother-in-law, Cliff. The ruggedly handsome Wade hopes to unlock Tanya’s memories to find clues that will help him find Cliff’s killer. However, he doesn’t want her to remember that she blames his family for her father’s death in a work-related accident. As these amateur detectives try to root out the truth, they’re unable to resist their mutual attraction. Gradually, Tanya’s memories return, and she and Wade uncover a vast conspiracy involving illegal arms trading, a corrupt pastor and a plan to turn the United States into a theocracy. But when Tanya recalls that Wade is “the man whose family had ruined hers,” her impulsive reaction puts them both in danger. Dyble delivers a fast-paced novel with generous dollops of violence and sex. This thin novel does contain occasional clichés, as when Tanya is described as a “delicate flower” or when Wade “slip[s] into the shadows.” Readers looking for a cogent explanation of the underlying conspiracy will be disappointed, as the book’s mystery is definitely secondary to the romance. However, readers searching for a light, action-packed diversion will likely find it here.
A superficial but entertaining romantic thriller.