Title: Gone to Her Grave
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Rogue River, book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them.
When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the investigation—to prove the boy innocent. A deadly new designer drug has taken hold of her small rural hometown of Solitude, Oregon, and Carly is determined to find the real dealer and clear the teen’s name. But the deeper she digs into the case, the more danger she unearths, until someone decides it’s time for Carly to move on…permanently.
Investigator Seth Harding knows he can’t stop his wife when she has a child to protect. But he risks any chance of reconciliation with Carly if he can’t learn to accept her dangerous job. When a drug dealer decides Carly is getting too close, will Seth lose her altogether?
Gone to Her Grave is the second book in the Rogue River series by Melinda Leigh. Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot are writing this series in tandem.
In first book, On Her Father's Grave, we had two points of view, Stevie Taylor and Zane Duncan’s. I was a big skeptical about Gone to Her Grave because it was told from Stevie’s sister, Carly Taylor’s and her husband’s Seth Harding’s points of view. I usually don’t like when a series changes its main characters from one book to the other, but in Gone to Her Grave it actually worked and I didn’t have a problem getting used to the new voices.
Carly left Seth couple of months ago, ending their eight-years marriage. They haven’t divorced yet, but they are living apart. Carly knows Seth loves her and she loves him, but she also knows love is not enough. She needs more from him; she needs him to respect her work as a social worker and to accept her the way she is.
Seth’s life is not the same without Carly. He loves her and can’t understand why she left him. For him her job is too risky and he would prefer is she become a stay-at-home-mom, something Carly is not willing to accept. She doesn’t understand how Seth can say that her job is too risky when he’s a police detective.
Carly’s job takes her on a new case; one of “her” teens have been accused of selling the drug that has been plaguing the once tranquil town of Solitude, Oregon. Carly knows he’s innocent and will do anything in her power to help him prove his innocence.
Seth has also been assigned to the case as the lead detective. He doesn’t believe in the teen’s innocence and wants Carly as far as possible from the investigation. After many years together he still doesn’t know her nor does he understand her need to help those in need; but working close to Carly and seeing her dedication and how careful she handles her job may be just what Seth needed to finally accept and understand Carly. Their journey won’t be easy, their mettle will be tested every step of the way. The question is: Will this get them closer or will it be the end of what they once had?
Melinda Leigh writes multilayered characters and a strong plot with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, adding to that a good amount of suspense that will leave you wanting to get your hands on next installment, Her Grave Secrets (by Kendra Elliot).
Gone to Her Grave is a novella that feels like a full-length novel. I recommend this book to romantic suspense fans. I also recommend reading Gone to Her Grave after reading On Her Father's Grave to get the full effect of the wonderful series Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot have created.
I can’t wait to read next last two installments to see how everything is going to end.
Gone to Her Grave was my first book by Melinda Leigh, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in this series
Gone to Her Grave
Her Grave Secrets
Walking on Her Grave (November 18th)
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