by Lori L. Robinett
GENRE: Mystery (Cozy)
Andi is married to a handsome, charismatic man. He’s a successful pillar of their cozy island community. She's a beautiful young wife devoted to him. From the outside, their life appears perfect.
But on the inside, she is constantly on edge, trying to keep him happy so she won’t suffer scathing words that hurt just as much as the occasional sharp blow from him.
Then she snaps. His abuse pushes her too far. In the blink of an eye, she becomes a widow and finds herself inextricably entwined in the web of lies he wove in the months before his death. Her small town neighbors whisper behind her back, as if the sensational death of her husband is the subject of a pulp novel. When a blackmailer threatens to expose her as a murderer, she must piece together her husband’s life to find the key to her own freedom.
Fatal Impulse is the first in an intriguing new mystery series, where each widow faces challenges that threaten to destroy her just as she begins to find her strength.
It 's a very attractive and compelling mystery, full of suspense, secrets, tensions, there is an aura of mystery that surrounds the protagonist throughout the novel.
Andi thought she had married the man of her dreams, instead he was a real nightmare. Chad was a successful man and together they formed a wonderful couple. Andi was pretending with all that her marriage was happy but Chad was domineering and arrogant, terrified her and mistreated her constantly, never missed an opportunity to say her ugly words. She couldn't easily get rid of this nightmare, divorce for her family was not contemplated. During a rainy night Andi makes a gesture of exasperation that liberate her forever from her husband. But all the lies she had to tell boomerangs back upon her.
Andi is a naive woman, weak, completely submissive to her husband. When Chad disappears, she must build her life and fight with the feeling of guilt.
The plot is well developed, smooth, a bit predictable. The characters are well developed and quite credible.
A very riveting and enjoyable reading.
The telephone on the nightstand jangled and demanded her attention.
“I know what you did.”
"Who is this?" Her nerves tingled. “What do you want?”
"I want those documents." He breathed heavily into the phone. "You thought they were worth killing for and I have no problem doing whatever I have to do to get you out of the way. I'll be in touch.”
The phone went dead and she dropped onto the bed, her mouth hanging open. What the heck? That made no sense at all.
Martha hollered from across the hall, "Who was that?"
Andi blinked and stared at the phone. "I don't know."
"Do you need help picking out something?"
"No. No, I'm fine. I'll do it." Someone's idea of a bad joke?
She shook her head and turned to the dresser to open his valet box. He would want to be buried with his diamond cufflinks, even though no one would see them. Two rough pink and green rocks sat next to his cufflinks in a little velvet lined compartment. She frowned. Seemed like an odd thing for him to keep there. She scooped up the diamonds and clipped them to his dress shirt. She opened his top dresser drawer to get a monogrammed handkerchief for the suit pocket, then slammed the drawer shut, a bit harder than she intended. Something rattled. She frowned, opened the drawer again and rummaged through the contents. In the back of the drawer, tucked under the lining, she found a small brown envelope. She squeezed it open and a key on a beaded chain dropped into her palm.
What could it possibly open?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori lives in rural central
with her husband and daughter. One very spoiled Miniature Schnauzer and
Miniature Beagle allow Lori and her husband to live in their house, and the
outside is patrolled by BK (short for Barn Kitty) and Patches (a sweet tom cat
stray that missed his calling as a lap cat). She can often be found bouncing
through rough gravel roads in her lifted yellow Jeep named Daisy. Missouri
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