Richard Tiernan is a dead man…literally. Convicted of his wife’s murder and suspected in the disappearance of his children and mistresses, he’s been sentenced to death. He’s granted a short reprieve from his prison cell when a best-selling author bails him out during the appeal. The greedy, dying writer wants to write the book on Tiernan and his crime, but Richard wants the author’s daughter in return for spilling his secrets. Cassidy Roarke grew up in a dysfunctional family and has never been able to say no to her father. That’s why she can’t refuse when he asks her to help with his new book. Richard Tiernan scares her. But she just has to know: what really happened the night his wife died?
The plot focuses on what Richard did the night his wife died and his intentions for Cassidy. I stayed on the edge of my seat because Tiernan cloaks both things in so many lies that it’s nearly impossible to see the truth until he’s ready to reveal it. Anne Stuart did a fantastic job of keeping the suspense on each page without completely overwhelming the reader. It made the book hard to put down.
Cassidy Roarke personifies the importance of a father-daughter relationship for many women along with the curiosity about the convicted murderer her father has moved into his home. At first, I had a hard time understanding why she is so drawn to Tiernan. I then came to the conclusion that the author is taking advantage of the phenomenon where women are attracted to dangerous men. It’s why Bela Lugosi received fan mail from young women after playing Dracula onscreen and Robert Pattinson has reported that female fans ask to bite him as a result of the Twilight movies. A part is fascinated with him, drawing her like a moth to a flame. It creates a tension that keeps the reader on edge as they worry about her safety.
This book would be a great choice for anyone who loves romantic thrillers and who has a bit of time on their hands since it’s hard to put down. It’s a quick page turner, so it would be best for a weekend or vacation read.
Rating: four of five stars
Nightfall by Anne Stuart is published by Bell Bridge Books.
*I received a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.