Ever have a story where you are not really sure how to grade it? I was really torn with this one.
Irene Stenson suffered a tragedy in her life when at the age of 15 she finds her parents dead in her house. She had been out with her new best friend, Pamela Web, when she returned to find the grizzly scene. 17 years later she receives an e-mail from Pamela, who is the daughter of a presidential hopeful, telling her that she has information about the night her parents were killed. The incident was ruled a murder-suicide but Irene never believed that. Now Irene is a journalist and ready to confront her past.
When she gets into the small town of Dunsley, she checks into the local lodge that is run by one of the most curious characters she has ever met, Luke Danner.
Luke bought the lodge six months ago and is not really into the lodging business but it gives him the refuge he seeks to write a book away from his wealthy family, who believe that Luke is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after returning from the Marines.
When Irene goes to meet with Pamela, she discovers her dead, supposedly a suicide. Now her reporter instinct kick into high gear, because Irene knows that Pamela did not kill herself and whoever killed her parents, silenced Pamela before she could talk to Irene.
If I look at this story in small chunks I would have to say it was good, but in whole, it didn't do much for me, Irene suffers PTSD and has an issue with the dark but that is never resolved and yet it was discussed thoroughly in the book. Something happened to Luke 6 months prior that has his family all concerned over his mental health, but in truth, when we find out what it is, the incident is really not a big deal. So we are lead to believe that some personal tragedy has befallen him but no such thing. The actual mystery was very good though. The way we don't really know who done it until the very end was great. A well weaved mystery. The romance on the other side left the reader wanting. Each character on it's own was fine, even together, they were fine, but their backgrounds were just not right. It felt like something was missing.