After being suspended from her job as a trauma specialist at St. Luke's hospital in Boston, Kate Madison returns home to Bayou Blanc. Upon arrival, Kate learns that her mother has had cancer for ten months and is on a steady decline. Heartsick, Kate accpets a position in the small town practice from the man that has been like a father to her since she was six years old and lost her real father. She didn't count on seeing Sam Delacourt, whom she had a passionate affair five years before, without knowing he was married and had a child.
Sam Delacout has harbored a resentment of Kate for five years. Believing, incorrectly, that Kate was the person that told his wife of their affair, Sam had always blamed her for his wife's suicide attempt. He finds it easier to let go of his resentment that he thought, and before long Sam knows that he will not let her go.
Then there is a murder in this sleepy bayou town. Kate's childhood best friend's husband turned up murdered, when it initially looked like a suicide. For reasons that Kate doesn't know, she is especially sensitive to cases involving children and battered wives, which isn't good for her as a physician. When Young first introduced us to Amber Russo, Kate's friend from childhood, you felt sorry for her. She seemed to be the classic case of a battered wife who forgave her husband because she loved him. The reader soon found out what a twisted woman that Amber really was. She didn't want out of the marriage, as it would have been bad for her public image, which would have ruined her career. She purposely set out to use a fifteen year old boy, who ended up having physciatric (sp?) problems. She was selfish and manipulative and I really couldn't stand her. Then there was Nick Santana, who had loved Amber since she was fifteen. Believing that they finally had a chance, Nick wonders at his feelings, which don't seem to be there. Young left the reader hanging about the feelings between Nick and Officer Pamela LaRue, which she built up and then never went back to.
Interesting mystery. Holds one's interest and attention.
This is great romantic suspense. I love Karen Young's books. This was a really great book. It also takes place in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite settings.
I thought it was a little slow in the beginning but it picked up and finished well. An easy read.
What goes around, comes aroound .. even murder..
Thirty three yrs ago. two young families went cruising on a small yacht. beautiful calm seas
but the yacht prophetically named Mayday sank???