Book Review: Hidden in The Stars

25 Sep

773602A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21‑year‑old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

 

rcaroll-266Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20‑plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character‑filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. Find out more about Robin at http://www.robincaroll.com.

 

My Impressions:

Abingdon has a long list of books in their Quilts of Love series featuring various authors and varied genres. I have read and reviewed several, but Robin Caroll’s Hidden in The Stars is my favorite so far. A veteran romantic suspense author, Caroll has written a taut mystery exploring family secrets and lost dreams. A quick read, I recommend Hidden in The Stars to anyone looking for a well-written mystery with the perfect balance of suspense and romance.

Olympic hopeful Sophia Montgomery is the victim of a horrific attack that leaves her mother dead and more questions than answers. Detective Julian Frazier is drawn to the fragile young woman who has had her hopes for the future destroyed. Through dogged police work and meticulous questioning of Sophia, he is determined to solve the case.

Hidden in The Stars has several unique elements —  a victim who cannot speak, a story told through recollections and the almost exclusive setting of a hospital room. Sophia’s injuries include a seriously injured throat, and Caroll ingeniously introduces a lip reader to help with her questioning. Under her guidance a clever device becomes a crucial character. Many of the details of the mystery are told through memories and recollections and serve to create a layered story. The use of Sophia’s hospital room creates a safe place to explore the terrifying scenes of the attack. The faith message of trust in God in the midst of the worst trials is presented naturally.

If you are looking for an intriguing mystery with great characters and fresh writing, then Hidden in the Stars is a good bet.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: Older teens to adults.

(Thanks to Abingdon and LitFuse for my review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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