The Perfect Couple by Brenda Novak is the 4th book in the “Last Stand” romantic suspense series.  Publisher: Mira, August 2009

A mother faces her greatest fear

One afternoon in May, Zoe Duncan’s thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing from her own backyard. The police think Samantha ran away because she’s unhappy about her mother’s upcoming marriage—but Zoe doesn’t believe it. In fact, she’s willing to do anything to bring Sam home, even if it means losing her job, her beautiful home, her fiancé. Even if it means divulging all her secrets to a private investigator.

A detective faces his hardest case

Jonathan Stivers is a private investigator who donates his time to The Last Stand, a victims’ charity in Sacramento. He’s good at what he does, the best. But never has he had fewer leads to work with—or been more attracted to a client. Jonathan’s sure of only one thing: Sam was taken by someone close to the family. He doesn’t know how close until he realizes that the “perfect” couple next door is anything but….

What a book. Kidnapped Sam was on my mind while Jonathan and Zoe sifted through clues to find her kidnappers before harm comes to her kept me turning the pages. Riveting until the last page.   My rating: 4 stars

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