Saturday, July 16, 2016

Repressed (Deadly Secrets #1) by Elisabeth Naughton



Goodreads Review
 
 
 
Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s murder, but she’s still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives.

Dr. Ethan McClane isn’t exactly a newcomer. If it weren’t for his latest case, he’d never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past. Not even Sam, the delightfully sharp and sexy high school chemistry teacher he can’t stop thinking about.

When Sam and Ethan work together to help one of her students, sparks ignite. But Sam’s hazy memories of a long-ago night concern Ethan, and unlocking the repressed images reveals a dark connection between them. As the horrors of the past finally come to light, their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger. A killer will strike again to keep an ugly secret hidden. This time no one will be safe.
 
 
 
Please, please, please…. Don’t hurt him. Don’t hurt my Seth.

And I was hooked.

I’ve read a couple of Ms. Naughton’s books and she is a very talented writer with unique plots. They are never boring.

On a whim via Netgalley the publisher marked it as Wish For It and I clicked it never in a million years did I actually think that my wish would be granted. Happy days!

17 years have passed since that fateful night. Samantha Parker is back in Hidden Falls to look after her dying mother and to sell her mother’s house as soon as it has sold she’ll go back to California. Too many bad memories. She works at the local high school as a teacher and one of her pupils is being monitored as he seems to have adjustment issues after moving to Hidden Falls.

Ethan McClane has come back to Hidden Falls because a former judge wanted him to take a look at a troubled teen named Thomas Adler. He has also come back to face his demons. To confront his past but with all that is going on it was the wrong time to stop smoking.

There is an intense attraction between Samantha and Ethan. They are immediately attracted to one another. I could feel the chemistry that they had. There issues and the fears were understandable and relatable.

Samantha is having trouble sleeping each night she dreams of a cabin and screams. With Ethan’s help and love they get to the bottom of the mystery of Hidden Falls. But Samantha is equally as vital to Ethan as he breathes easier when she is near.

This is a fantastic story with a great plot. We have a 17 year old murder, repressed memories, secrets and lies. But nothing ever stays secret for ever. There is the right amount of romance and suspense. One doesn’t outweigh the other which made it all the better for me. There were some twists and turns I saw coming and others I didn’t.

I really can’t wait for the next in the series.