This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Amanda Siegrist, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Escaping Memories by Amanda Siegrist
Series: Lucky Town #1
Also by this author: Merry Me, Protecting You, One Taste of You, One Taste of Love, The Danger With Love
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 20, 2016
Publisher: Amanda Siegrist
Source: Amanda Siegrist, Author
Sheriff Logan Caldwell just wants to keep his beloved county safe, yet feels like he fails when a father kills his own daughter. Open and close case. Nothing more for him to do but start his vacation like he originally planned before that tragedy swallowed him whole. He never imagined the day would get worse when he finds a woman in his cabin. She's dirty and bruised with blood all over her body. She has no memory—of anything. He failed the little girl, but he won't fail this woman. He swears he'll find out who hurt her, keep her safe, and help her gain her memory back. Only problem is, he just might fall in love with her at the same time.
***There are very mild spoilers in this review and I just wanted you to know this up front. 🙂***
The start of this story will have you holding your breath! I was sucked in from page one! There is a darkness and a suspenseful thread woven throughout this storyline. I loved, loved, loved the mystery element. It was as if I was running through the woods with the woman who became known as “Doni.” Definitely had a psychological thriller feel to it. I feel like the Author did a great job giving you a peek into what Doni was terrified of and then being able to explain her amnesia in a way that was reasonable.
Shortly after the start of the book the romance angle comes in to play. The romance is a bit off for me in the begining. On one side I am like “seriously, how can she just be so blasé about her safety??” He was a strange man and she was just so trusting! On the other side then I have to remember that she has amnesia and she is not necessarily capable of good judgement calls. As the story progresses I felt that the pet names Sheriff Logan had for Doni was a bit over the top. I get that he could not help his attraction to her but her reaction to him was almost unhealthy. It was just hard for me to reconcile. With that said as the story went on the romance became much sweeter and with a twist of events at the end I felt that the relationship between healthier.
What could have made the mystery better for me? Honestly not much but it would have been great if there had been a portion of the story that was given from the point of view of the person responsible for the torture of “Doni.” Their prey escaped, how did that sit with them? What was going on through the mind of the abuser, did they look for her? Was there a sadistic pleasure that they took in kidnapping her or was it personal? I wish that I could have been privy to that point of view. It would have just taken the mystery potion of this story over the top.
The entire cast of characters are just wonderful. Sheriff Logan and his family are well developed and work well together to bring charm and a real thrill of the hunt to the story. I also really enjoyed the Sheriff’s staff. They are hilarious and a great addition to the storyline.
There were many red herrings woven throughout this story and I loved it. There was enough reasonable doubt that almost any character could have been the culprit. I read this book in one sitting and I recommend to anyone looking for a captivating romantic suspense novel.
*Thank you to Author Amanda Siegrist for this complimentary copy of Escaping Memories*