Drawn in Blood

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Drawn in Blood

Sloane Burbank is a former special agent for the FBI who receives a call one day that her parent’s home has been broken into and her mother was attacked. She rushes to the hospital to find her mother stable, but her father doesn’t want to mention anything about the robbery to the police. Her father, Matthew Burbank, is a respected art dealer who feels that this isn’t any ordinary break-in. He has witnessed a crime in the past and now the people that were involved are looking to get rid of any witnesses. Sloane wants to help her father, but that would involve keeping secrets from her boyfriend, Derek Parker, who is a FBI Special Agent working the case. Will Sloane tell Derek everything and utilize his expertise, or investigate this crime alone, putting herself and her family at risk?

First of all, I just want to say that this is a good book with an interesting storyline. The problem that I had with it was the pacing. For me, it just felt that it was taking too long to get the story going and to finally reach the climax of this tale. Sloane decided to keep her father‘s past involvement in a crime from Derek and I wasn‘t surprised when he figured out what she was trying to hide. They seemed to have a good relationship, but I could never imagine keeping secrets from my significant other. Especially, when he could help solve the mystery with his contacts in the FBI. I loved the details involving art history that Ms. Kane provided and that held my interest while reading this novel. The pacing was a problem for me, but overall I felt it was a good book.

Book Blurb for Drawn in Blood

Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank has seen her share of danger. She's faced down a serial killer and survived life-threatening injuries . . . but she never expected that danger to invade the lives of her family. . . .

Then her mother is viciously attacked in the posh Manhattan apartment her parents share and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary robbery. The thieves were too clever, too knowledgeable, and so obviously after something of her father's. But what could a respected art dealer have done to merit such violence? When a mysterious message is left for him, Sloane knows her father's in over his head. Determined to find out the truth, Sloane discovers a deadly secret buried in his past that has made him the target of a power-hungry mobster with a lethal agenda and nothing to lose.

Sloane is desperate to save her father, but to do so she must hold on to secrets of her own—especially from FBI Special Agent Derek Parker, the man she has grown to love deeply. She knows she must tell him everything, but how can she betray her father's confidence? Can a couple who's faced so much survive this ultimate test of trust? Will they survive at all?

As the decades-old secret claims the lives of her father's oldest friends and the killer closes in on him, Sloane finds herself in foreign territory: alone, facing escalating personal danger, and hunting a moving target in a world where memories are long and loyalties are drawn in blood. 

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.25