I usually enjoy Lisa Jackson's books and so, when I saw how thick this one was, I got excited. Well, today I made it 3/4 of the way throgh the book and gave up. I found this one to be boring; the pace of the book was tedious and the protagonist is a mess. She has good intentions but the actions and decisions she makes are really bizarre. Can't recommend this one.
This is a five star book all the way until page 350 then until about page 500 it is an okay read. I am not sure what happened but it fell flat for a while, then it picked up and ended on a great note. This is a good story, it has well developed characters, a good story and thrills, it just has a little hiccup in the middle. Perhaps the book should have been a little shorter and then it would have fell into place better. This is not a typical Lisa Jackson book that is about 300 pages and full of roller coaster thrills on every page. It takes a little while to develop the story, introduce the characters and it has many sub-plots that are not fully explained by the end. That being said, I rate it a four star.
The Blue Rock Academy is the last chance for troubled delinquents who have had run-ins with the law. Seventeen year old Shaylee was ordered there by a judge after a string of crimes to include theft and possession, etc. Her sister, unemployed teacher Julie "Jules" Farentino, knows Shaylee needs help, but fears Blue Rock may not be the answer. One of students Lauren Conroy disappeared from their school and she has never been found.
Acting on her feelings especially after consulting with her cousin's husband, who was a T.A. at Blue Rock, Jules applies for a teaching position at the academy. Posing as a teacher at Blue Rock is Cooper Trent who was hired by Lauren's parents to find out what happened to their daughter and to Jules' chagrin the only man she ever loved. When Jules arrives at the exclusive Oregon school, she finds the place in an uproar as two bodies were found. As Trent and Jules team up, their feelings emerge though they try to deny them. If they can survive the dangerous undercover cloak and dagger, each wonders whether their relationship will endure afterward.
Lisa Jackson can always be counted on to deliver a pulse pounding original thriller. Jules is an ordinary woman who loves her disturbed half-sister so much she places herself at risk to learn what is going on at the academy that put her sibling over the edge. Filled with surprising twists, fans will be stunned and entertained throughout as Ms. Jackson provides a tense undercover romantic suspense.
This was my first Lisa Jackson book and it will be my last. I wish I had looked at the author info and her "last words" in the back of the book, where she announces no less than 3 books forthcoming in 2011! She wrote over 75 books so far.
Anyway, the characters are cookie-cutter, hardly any character development, with some soft-porn scenes thrown in. A romance/mystery-type book. There is a twist at the end, but other than that it's just one big red herring. Poor use of language, lots of repetitious phrases and cliches.
Don't buy if you like well-written mysteries, in which the characters act plausible.