The Summit

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The Summit

Out of the blue, schoolteacher Autumn Sommers starts to have terrible nightmares about a little girl being abducted. After doing some research, she learns the missing girl is the daughter of Ben McKenzie, a man she's seen in her gym. She has some trouble convincing him she's not a crackpot, and the two do quite a bit of legwork to see if Autumn's dreams are reality.

Set in Seattle, Washington, Kat Martin's paranormal/contemporary novel "The Summit" is full of rugged natural splendor and outdoorsy people, realistic for that location. The two lead characters are a little too perfect, but they're just right for each other. Ben is a wealthy businessman, who has played the field, and Autumn has been burned by rounders before, but their attraction is sizzling and instantaneous.

She can't help but wonder if their affair will end when (or if) they find Ben's daughter. Their investigation is exhaustive, and some readers may lose interest as they chase down yet another lead, and consult with yet another expert.

The plot picks up speed near the end. As the two get closer to finding the girl, Ben must defer to Autumn's superior expertise as a rock climber, a nice change from the standard plot device of the macho male being in charge of a rescue.

Book Blurb for The Summit

Autumn Sommers knows the danger of ignoring such powerful omens. Twelve years earlier, she could have prevented a tragic accident if only she had acted on those horrible nightmares. This time, she knows what she has to do.

Her research into local missing persons suggests that the girl in Autumn's dreams could be Molly, the daughter of businessman Ben McKenzie. Still emotionally shattered from his loss and unwilling to trust this stranger, Ben is angered rather than relieved to hear her theory that Molly is still alive. Certain that she may be the girl's only chance, Autumn persists, until Ben grudgingly agrees to explore this tiny, if improbable, shred of hope.

As Autumn's dreams become more and more vivid, she and Ben pursue their leads-leads that point to more murders, and to the only person in control of whether they live-or die.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2007 3.00