My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic copy from the Publisher to review
Book Description: Rodeo veterinarian Jo Powers is accustomed to operating under pressure--but nothing could have prepared her for the shocking discovery of the armed and bleeding escaped convict hiding in her truck. Even more disconcerting is the fact that Jo knows the man in the prison jumpsuit. Jo's split-second decision to use her medical skill to save this man's life is just the beginning, because now he needs her help to uncover the truth.
Seven years ago, Branson Faulkner was accused of a murder he clams he didn't commit. With the hope of finding new evidence to prove his innocence, he's risked everything to clear his name and reclaim his life--but he can't do it alone. Jo agrees to help, even though she isn't completely sure Faulkner is innocent. Now as Faulkner and Jo conduct their investigation, they discover an alarming connection between a string of homicides, and one truth is clear: there's a murderer on the loose who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks . ..
My thoughts: Jo Powers has a good life. She is a vet and engaged to the owner of a local rodeo. She has a wonderful son and has moved on from tragic events that marred her life seven years ago.
She is getting ready to head home after the rodeo when she is held at gun point by an escaped convict. He wants her to take him to her father, who is a Dr., because he has a bullet wound. He knows the Dr. will help him. The irony in the situation is that he is Jo's ex-husband, Faulkner. He was convicted of murdering her fiancees brother seven years ago.
Against her better judgement, she removed the bullet. Now questions are brought up about his conviction, she never believed that he committed the crime. He brings to light new information, the deaths of his mother and her father, and hints that they may not have been accidents, but tied to his trial.
Kathi Oram Peterson has done a wonderful job at creating a "who done it." She keeps the suspense and clues coming in a way where you don't know who the murderer is until the last minute. I know I had a many guesses and theories, but not were 100% correct.
The book is well written and an attention grabber. The content is clean and suitable for ages 16+. There is some violence.
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