One fateful night Gabriel lost everything. Two years later he is left bitter, cold, afraid to live, and especially afraid to love. Leah isn’t fairing much better, her career was snatched away, and the one man she loves can never be hers. Now a private detective, she receives a note pertaining to the disappearance of her Uncle twenty years ago. She tells her best friend Gabriel that she is going to investigate his disappearance herself much to his dismay because he harbors a dark secret that could crush Leah.
I immediately felt great sympathy towards Gabriel’s character. On more than one occasion I found myself tearing up over the pain that he has been subjected to. Leah has given her all to help him, but just can’t seem to get passed the barriers he has erected. For me, both of these characters felt so real and relatable. Malachim, Chay, and Rafe grew up with Gabriel and Leah. The four young boys, as well as Leah had become fast friends. I would be very excited to see the other guys have their stories told, especially Rafe who I found very intriguing.
While I was reading this book I was really at a loss for words to describe it. Simone has written an incredible story, it has love, mystery, and especially suspense. This read was a nail biter! Simone takes this story through gut wrenching twists and turns, and I felt like I was living it myself. She wrote a story rich in detail without making the reader feel as though they were drowning in information, and as if that wasn’t enough the chemistry between the characters was undeniable!
This book is a must read for lovers of romance and suspense. I am really excited to read more of Naima Simone’s work, and I hope that there are more secrets and sins coming my way!
*review copy from Netgalley*
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends…who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secrets brought to light…even if he has to kill to make it happen.