IN CLOSE by Brenda Novak

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IN CLOSE by Brenda NovakIn Close by Brenda Novak
Series: Bulletproof #3
Published by MIRA on 2011-11-01
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Miranda

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….

Claire’s mother went missing when she was a teenager. It’s a mystery that has never been solved but always disturbed Claire. Claire has always been the caretaker. Her sister was paralyzed in a sledding accident and since then Claire has doted on her but it gets tiring as Leanne’s attitude deteriorates. Claire’s husband died in a horrible hunting accident. Since then Claire has just barely been living. She’s decided to get on with her life and the first step is finding out what happened to her mother, Alana. 

No one wants Claire looking into her mother’s disappearance. That quickly becomes evident to her as she is attacked at her mother’s old studio. The last person she expects comes to her rescue: Isaac Morgan. Claire used to be in love with Isaac but he never wanted anything more than sex and then she married David. However, she cannot deny the heat that course through her when he’s around. 

Isaac never forgot the one that got away. A torch burns bright within him for Claire and he cannot stand the thought of anything happening to her. If she is determined to go on with this investigation then he is going to help her and protect her while he’s at it. If she happens to land back in his bed Isaac is cool with that as well. Danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine and if they’re not careful Isaac and Claire could pay the ultimate price. 

Brenda Novak’s In Close is a gripping nail-biter. There are some scenes in this book where I was holding my breath fearing the outcome. I found In Close to be an exhilarating novel harboring a sexy couple and heartwarming romance. I loved everything about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Claire’s mother and following Claire as she finds the clues is fantastic fun. While I wasn’t as emotionally connected to this book as I was the first two in the series, I could definitely feel Claire’s pain over the disappearance of her mother and the death of her husband. Ms. Novak continually surprises me with her clever mysteries and vivid storytelling. There were points where I literally felt like I was right there and could see and smell every detail. Sometimes that is good, sometimes not so much but it makes In Close unique and a hit. After reading the three books in the Bulletproof series, I am officially a fan of Ms. Novak’s work and I intend to grab up everything she’s written.

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