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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

4 stars-- The Other Lady Vanishes (Burning Cove #2) by Amanda Quick

It's Amanda Quick. You know it's gonna be fantastic. And it was. It really was.

The Gist: Some seriously shady shit is going down and Adelaide seems to be at the middle of it. Which is how she's found herself escaping from an insane asylum. And jumping straight into all kinds of crazing including a psychic with dire predictions, a hero with "exhausted nerves", spies, blackmail. I mean. There's a lot going on and woo boy it's one wild ride for Adelaide and Jake. Especially when they start kinda maybe having a thing for each other. 

Adelaide and Jake were lovely. They have a nice sense of humor and strength to them. Both hiding some things from their pasts, both determined to survive. They're incredibly easy to like and root for.

Their romance was nice, too. They kind of fell into it but you know? Sometimes that works. And they suited each other. I enjoyed seeing them open up and working together. They just made me smile. It's fairly pg but not entirely.

And things didn't skimp on the suspense side. These two don't get much of a break as they confront their individual demons. But thankfully with the other by their side to give them strength they deal with everything thrown in their paths. Danger every which way, some twists and surprises, a dangerous drug and those trying to spread it around. The ties it had to both of their lives. It was exciting and kept things moving along nicely.

All in all, like I said. It was Amanda Quick. You just cannot go wrong when you grab one of her books. The Other Lady Vanishes had it all. Suspense, romance, the glamour of Hollywood and a peek at it's dark underbelly. Book 3 can't get here quickly enough.
After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over. Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.

Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...

Amazon | Goodreads | Quick on HCBS
 
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