good book -- fast pace and interesting
The Victim: Chaz Finelli, the celebrity photographer who snaps the juciest photos of his career -- only to be brutally murdered for the secrets his camera could expose.
The Witness: China Brown, a young woman whose luck had run out long before she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time ... long before she was shot in cold blood after witnessing a murder.
The Cop: Ben English, a tough-as-nails cop who's got a biazrre case on his hands -- and a star witness who is making this case very personal.
China Brown is alive, but barely. She doesn't want to live. She's lost the only thing that ever mattered, her unborn baby. Drawn to this love, fragile woman, Ben English must convince her to help him find a murderer in a scandalous case where the suspects reach into the upper echelons of Dallas society, politics and the media. And as a killer closes in, she must place her trust in one man, because her life -- and her heart -- depend on it.
"Spellbinding narrative ... Sala lives up to her reputation with this well-crafted thriller." -- Publishers Weekly on Remember Me
excellent book....enjoyed it immensely
loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
China Browns life could be summed up in one word: Victim. From an abusive stepfather to the boyfriend who abandoned her, shes always been at the mercy of others. Now pregnant and homeless, she witnesses a murder as she searches for shelter. She is again victimized when the murderer shoots her as well.
Detective Ben English is drawn to this fragile woman who has lost her babyhe is determined to see her pull through. China is the only one who has seen the serial killer and as Ben and his partner investigate, they find that no one, from politicians to religious leaders to athletes, is exempt from scrutiny.
In a truly riveting story, Ms. Sala draws you in from the very beginning. She delivers main characters who will touch your hearts and quirky secondary characters who will intrigue you as you try to figure out whodunit.
Evicted after her boyfriend skipped out with the rent money, pregnant China Brown starts walking to the mission but encounters a tall blonde woman who's being photographed by Chaz Finelli, the paparazzi pix guy. Blondie shoots Chaz, takes his camera, turns and shoots China, the only witness, and leaves her for dead. Homocide detective Ben English arrives to find that China is barely alive and he follows the ambulance to the hospital, hoping she can identify the shooter. Thus begins Ben's strange attraction to China, that becomes more understandable when we learn his family background. Beautiful China, who was told she was ugly as a child and believed it, tries to die because her baby was killed by one of the bullets fired at her. But while (in her life after life experience) her dead mother takes the baby, a little girl, she sends China back. This book is for those who like tender. Ben is all man but a gentle one. He keeps his promises and it is this thread that China clings to as she slowly regains consciousness. But the plot revolves around the shooting, who and why, and this part of the plot elevates this book from a ho-hum romance to an edge-of-the-seater. Power, privilege, the nouveau riche...it's all here. If I did not know some Texans who fit some of these roles, it would be less believable but I do and they do. Some may feel there are too many subplots but Sala makes them work. And just when we think China will never realize her delicate beauty, she does realize it by watching a butterfly crawl from its ugly chrysallis. Ben had already proposed to her, so she turns the tables and proposes to him. And the shooter? You wouldn't believe it if I told you, so read the book.