Sometimes we do judge (select) a book by its cover. Its lovely cover was what first drew my attention to Doubtful – a romantic suspense novel by Ann Warner.
Synopsis (from Amazon)
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
For Dr. Van Peters, Doubtful is a retreat after a false accusation all but ends her scientific career. For journalist David Christianson, it is a place of respite after a personal tragedy is followed by an unwelcome notoriety. Neither is looking for love or even friendship. Both want only to make it through another day. But when violence comes to Doubtful, Van and David’s only chance of survival will be each other.
Doubtful is a well written story centering around David and Van, who take an instantaneous dislike to one another. They are both nursing emotional wounds from the past, and are thrown together by circumstances beyond their control. The story alternates between their perspectives, highlighting each character and deepening the reader’s understanding of them as individuals as the story progresses. I was sorry to see that the mystery elements were not as well developed as the romantic ones, especially as regards resolution of the criminal aspects of the story. It was a good read that I expect fans of romantic suspense will enjoy.
BTW, New Zealand was already on my bucket list… based on the author’s descriptions, I think it just moved up a few spots.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.