Friday, March 18, 2011

Review -- Veil of Deception by Michael Davis & Candace Morehouse

Veil of Deception by Michael Davis & Candace Morehouse

Michael Davis & Candace Morehouse co-write a very subtle suspense story loaded with fabulous description and solid characterization. When his wife disappears one morning while jogging, Kurt Hawkins withdraws from the other residents of Spenser Lake, Virginia. After more than two years he has no clue as to what has happened to her and the several others who have gone missing from the spectacular countryside. Danielle Gillette is a widow and a loner, spending her days on the lake writing her successful mystery novels. Does her idyllic refuge mask an evil more sinister than anything she can conceive? A relationship is the last thing either is looking for but fate finally throws them together one stormy night. Can they overcome the community 's odd happenings and their own past tragedies and finally find some peace? The description was so vivid that I found myself during one scene to be smack dab in the center of a fertilizer plant. Kurt was so well written that I felt as if both he and Danielle were actual breathing individuals rather than creations from someone's fertile imagination. The couple was so endearingly realistic with all of their flaws evident and it did not detract from their amicability . Once I read past the first scene I found the tone changed and I would have liked to see what would have happened had in continued in that vein. I did find the mystery was a little too subtle for my tastes as I found the real action didn't start until halfway through the book and even then I found it only hovered around the edges. Overall I found this to be a solid read and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters especially Mrs. McAfee.

Spenser Lake is a small, tranquil community ideal for fishing, observing wildlife, and raising a family. Kurt Hawkins moves there with his wife and son to do escape big city life and do just that. Danielle Gillette stays there after her husband’s death to pursue a new career as a mystery author where the environment feeds her creativity.

While the community is peaceful on the surface, danger lurks behind this fa├žade. Kurt’s wife goes missing, along with other residents. Danielle uses her writing as an excuse to be reclusive and avoid the true circumstances of her husband’s demise.

The two of them meet one stormy night. Almost against their will, they are drawn together to find out what is really happening.

As the deep, dark secrets of Spenser Lake unfurl, Kurt and Danielle find a reality far more evil than either of them could have imagined. In the end it becomes evident that sometimes the truth cuts deeper than a lie.

3 out of 5

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