Too Close to Home

Alison Stone shows reader’s things might not be what they seem but you can definitely go home again in this sweet, romantic suspense.

Kathryn McNabb is a strong and independent heroine with strong convictions and tragic memories. Ben Nowak is a fantastic leading man. He is complex and compelling and because they share a past it is great to just jump right in to the emotional turmoil. While it is easy to feel sorry for Alison having to return to her hometown and put her professional life on hold I found it just as easy to pity Ben for circumstances out of his control.

The mystery is not too multifaceted or too simple to solve and makes for an interesting situation. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the factory and the workers as well. I wished I could have experienced more of the summer cottage as I’m a fan of lake houses and I would also love to see Kathryn’s younger sister get her own story. This is a solid mystery with substantial characters and makes for an entertaining read.

A bit about the story:

Kathryn McNabb returns to her hometown after Ben Nowak’s father passes away and wills half the business her father helped found to her. She hasn’t been back to her birthplace since leaving ten years ago, not wanting anything to do with the small town after her father’s tragic suicide. She plans to quickly sell the business, give her mother the proceeds and return to her successful life. But fate has other plans for her and so does the watcher.

Book Blurb for Too Close to Home

They say you can never go home. If you do, better watch your back.

Ten years ago, after her father’s gruesome death was ruled a suicide, Kathryn McNabb left her hometown, vowing never to return. And never to let anything—business or personal—break her heart.

Now an overachieving manufacturing engineer, she thrives on order, control and solitude. But an unexpected inheritance makes her the co-owner of the company her father founded, forcing her to face the ghosts of her past. Including Ben Nowak, childhood friend, secret crush, and son of the man who ruined her father.

Ben hadn’t planned on returning home either, but with his own father’s death it falls to him to continue the family legacy. When he learns Kathryn plans to sell the plant out from under him, his quest takes on new urgency—Midport Industries is the main source of jobs in town.

Butting heads strike sparks of attraction that entangle business and pleasure into a hopeless knot. And someone is watching. Someone with a darker reason to prevent the deal from going through. Someone desperate enough to kill…

Warning: Beware of the shadows, disgruntled employees, and childhood crushes all grown up. Length: Category

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 3.00