Next of Kin is the story of Beth Venable and Ryal Walker. After the first few pages of this book my first thought was that it was another childhood sweethearts separated by parent’s novel. I admit it’s a theme I have enjoyed in some of Sala's earlier books. However, keep reading and you will find that while this is part of the plot it is not the main theme and does not repeat earlier books with this plot. There are quite a few undercurrents in this story, and certainly some interesting side characters that will give Sala fans a thrilling ride through an emotional mine field. Reading a story by Sharon Sala is guaranteed to give you an in-depth perspective of human emotion and interaction. You get a study of how individuals relate and move within specific stressful and suspenseful situations. Her hero/heroine interactions are thorough and true to character. The plot is fast paced and engaging. This book is a keeper and has only whet my appetite for more Rebel Ridge books.
Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.
The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming—even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker—is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep. Hidden in a remote cabin with the man she's always wanted, Beth begins to dream of a new life: her old one. But after so long, with such dangers stalking her…impossible.
But love can distill life down to its essence: an elixir of pure hope, nerve—and the will to survive.