Ransom River by Meg Gardiner features a deeply flawed, compelling heroine, a murder trial, and the long-unsolved mystery it exposes. Publisher: Dutton Adult, July 2012

Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It’s a place she vowed never to visit again, after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town’s peaceful façade.

Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.

While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory’s return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.

Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate crime thriller with a dark mystery at its heart—one that will keep readers breathless until the very last page.

WOW! I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this story. The drama starts off with a bang when the court room that Rory is a juror on is taken hostage and then it is full-steam ahead as we are propelled into non-stop action fraught with intrigue and suspense. This mind-blowing thriller had me consuming pages at a furious pace. The author did a great job in creating a riveting storyline with a strong and determined heroine that captured my attention as I needed to know who was doing what to whom and how it was going to end. With an explosive and heart-pounding finale, this was an awesome read and I can’t wait for the next thrilling story from Meg.

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