TOL Button When a woman is beaten and left for dead, Holden Whitlow never expected that a cold case he’d work on not too long ago would rise from the ashes. While there are similarities with the current case and the unsolved murders, Holden can’t help but wonder if it’s the same person who tried to kill his best friend’s girlfriend not too long ago. Yet that can’t be possible since the culprit supposedly killed himself in order to cover up his crime.

Determined to get to the bottom of things, he comes face to face with the victim in hopes of making sense of what has transpired. Having run from the ghost of a woman who disappeared years ago, Holden is unsure of what to make of the fact that she’s now within vicinity and lying in the hospital because of the beating she’s received. When Julia’s admission that she was there because of him throws him for a loop, he begins to wonder what her ties to the unsolved murders are. The assailant has made it clear that Julia’s life is forfeit and Holden knows that the culprit will stop at nothing until he finishes what he started.

Julia can’t deny that she still harbors feelings for the man she left behind so long ago. Ever since she lay eyes on him, Holden has been a part of her in more ways than one. She knows he has questions whose answers only she can provide, but she’s unsure as to whether she can truly tell him what she needs to know.

TOL BCHer disappearance ten years ago was unexpected and her survival depended on her keeping mum about the secrets she hides inside. Yet as her love and attraction to Holden grow with each minute that passes, she knows she’ll need to come clean and tell him what he needs to know. It’s their only chance in overcoming the obstacles that now litter the path between them, but first they’ll need to work together in deciphering the small clues the killer has left behind before he ends up taking Julia’s life in the process.

This was another great book written by the lovely Sarah Ballance. This story is a continuation of Familiar Light which tells the story of Bridger Jansen and Laney Kent. It’s a wonderful series. I truly recommend reading the first book, in addition to this one, in order to glean a little more insight as what’s going on. All in all, both stories can also stand alone in reading. I enjoyed the book immensely!



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A devastating secret. A shocking betrayal. A deadly obsession.

Haunted by three unsolved murders, Detective Holden Whitlow is stunned when his cold case takes a heated turn. Julia Cohen, his ex-lover, is back in town, and in the face of a brutal attack she’s ready to run. No matter how tightly she holds her secrets, for Holden, turning away from the woman he’s spent a decade trying to forget isn’t any more an option than walking away from his job . . .even when it threatens to cost Julia her life.

Julia is still reeling from a past she can’t bear to face. When she becomes the target of a killer, fate throws her back into Holden’s arms, but she’s yet to recover from a truth that has stripped her of everything—and everyone—she loves. Will she tell him the secret that will destroy him, or will her lie destroy them both?



About The Author:

Sarah and her husband of almost fifteen what he calls “long, long” years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep.  She often jokes that she writes to be around people who will listen to her, but her characters aren’t much better than her kids.  Fortunately, her husband is quite supportive, having generously offered to help her research “the good parts” . . .  and she’s never had to ask twice.


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