The Hiding Place by Karen Harper. Publisher: Mira (Harlequin), November 2008

After spending nine months in a coma, Tara Kinsale awakes to devastating news. Her best friend, Alexis, has been murdered, leaving Tara as guardian to her daughter, Claire. And Tara’s husband has divorced her for another woman.

Forced to start over, Tara focuses on reopening her P.I. firm and caring for Claire. But soon her world is shattered again when Nick MacMahon, Claire’s uncle, returns from military service in Afghanistan to take guardianship of his niece. The bad dream turns unbearable when Tara learns that something precious was taken from her while she was in a coma.

Working with Nick, a man haunted by his own past, Tara begins to investigate the missing months of her life. Together, they will find that secrets don’t stay buried forever…even when they are kept in the darkest of hiding places.

Tara Kinsale is coming back to terms with her life after being in a coma for almost a year.  Her best friend was murdered; she’s raising her daughter, Claire, and she discovered that her husband had divorced her while in the coma and remarried.  Tara learns a terrible secret and when Nick MacMahon, Claire’s uncle, comes back from serving his country to take over raising Claire, they both go on the search to learn the truth about Tara’s missing years.  I enjoyed this story.

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