Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review of ENDLESS NIGHT by Maureen A. Miller

 4 of 5 stars
A frightened woman with a GLOCK,  a man looking for answers and the secrets that connect them is the premise behind the romantic suspense ENDLESS NIGHT by Maureen A. Miller.

Megan Summers is the recluse that lives alone at Wakefield House in the small town of Victory Cove.  She rents the large victorian house nestled on an isolated cliff far from town and only has minimal contact with the local residents.  Her cover story is that she is an author and likes her privacy, but the truth is she is a frightened young woman running from a terrible secret.

Jake Grogan has received a mysterious letter telling him to find his birth grandmother Estelle.  He has always wanted to know about his birth parents and his search leads him to Wakefield House and Megan.  When a storm traps Jake at the house, he and Megan are forced together and that's when the story takes off.    Megan's fear of strangers is palpable and Ms. Miller is a master storyteller allowing the reader to feel Megan's every tremble. It is the way that Jake handles Megan, her nightly demons and secrets, that draw you in.  As the secrets are unfolded, Megan and Jake slowly learn to trust each other and that's where the story shines.

The suspense and romance are blended so seamlessly in this story.  One moment the reader is enjoying a tender moment between these two when a shrieking alarm goes off to remind us that there is evil lurking outside ready to pounce.  Who is Megan afraid of?  Will Jake find his birth mother?  Will they survive the raging nor'easter that threatens to tear Wakefield House off it's foundation?  The ending to this story is a page turner--just when you think you've got it all figured out, Ms. Miller throws another curve at you.  If you enjoy romantic suspense stories, ENDLESS NIGHT should be at the top of your TBR list.  Recommended.