Title: Forgotten secrets
Author: Robin Perini
Number of pages: 370 pages
Publication date: 19th July 2016
Where to find it? Amazon
” At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice…and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found.
When Riley gets a call from the only man who’s ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile—ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming—it stirs up dark memories. Thayne’s sister, Cheyenne, has been kidnapped. There are no leads, and the only witness is the victim’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother.
Desperate to find Cheyenne, Thayne needs Riley’s expertise. With time running short, they delve into dangerous small-town secrets while fighting against an increasingly ruthless adversary. But when her past and his present collide in a shocking revelation, can they overcome the secrets that have kept them apart?”
Riley Lambert, an FBI Profiler is called to investigate the kidnapping of Thaynes’s sister, Cheyenne, just hours after the incident. Riley, has a turbulent past as her sister was kidnapped in front of her when she was only 10 years old, and her family has never recovered. She is determined to bring her back. When she receives the call from Thayne to help him find her sister, Riley disobeys direct orders and flies to Singing River, Wyoming. As the investigation proceeds dark secrets from the town start to rise. Could the kidnapping of Cheyenne has something to do with Riley’s sister? Has this anything to do with a 15 year old kidnapping case?
I started the book and I was hooked from the first page. I literally couldn’t put it down. The pace of the novel is fast with gripping suspense and romance and a lot of unexpected twists. It is not possible to settle down and take in all that Singing River is offering as anything could happened (and it does!) in any moment. I especially liked the beginning as the author presents the main characters in very difficult situations to show the strength of character and their personalities and jobs. Thayne is a navy seal on leave that has come home to be deputy of the Sheriff department while his father is recuperating from an illness, and the two other deputies are on holiday. He is strong, caring, confident and aggressive, if needed. But he can also be very tender, especially when his family is involved. On her part, Riley is an FBI Profiler whose path was made for herself when her sister was kidnapped in front of her when she was only 10 years old. This experience has moulded her character into a very determined person that doesn’t stops until the killer/kidnapper of whoever she is following is caught, even if that costs her sanity, health and life. Her family was broken when her sister, Madison, was took and that has formed her, always keeping the distance from people and not risking her heart to be broken. Nevertheless, the love story between them evolves and you soon find yourself shouting at Riley to not be act like that! 🙂 I liked Thayne since the beginning.
It was really touching the character of the Grandma, she is the only witness of her granddaughter kidnapped but her illness, but she has Alzheimer and you can really feel her struggle as well as her family’s to learn to live with this diseases. There are moments of total clarity and others where she is lost in a past memory and trying to balance and live with that is the hardest for the family and especially her husband.
It impressed me the way the town got together to try to find Cheyenne, as Thayne mentioned: “One thing about a small town, folks might be hip-deep in one another’s business, but when there’s trouble, we take care of each other”.
As the investigation proceeds the different pieces are put together in an amazingly and unexpected way. It shows you that no matter how close you think you are to people you really never get to know all their secrets. It also mentions the devastation left behind in the family and friends when someone is gone. Almost until the last page you don’t get to know the person behind it all. And when you do you just can’t believe it. I must confess that at the end of the book my emotions where aroused and I almost cried.
Although I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t shown Riley’s abilities and skills as an FBI Profiler that much. At some points I was wondering, if it was necessary to be a profiler to investigate this as a real profile of the perpetrator wasn’t release, just a few glimpses of personality traits. That is why I have rated this book with a 4 instead of with a 5, definitely a book I recommend.