When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—
Caught up in a maze of intrigue in a tormented and troubled household, Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.
But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, and Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—
This book completely took me by surprise! I didn't just get a story, I got a full-on whodunnit mystery! Every single time I thought I had this book figured out, it would throw me a curve ball and I would second guess myself. Bateman kept me reading hook, line, and sinker! Honestly, until the very end when all was revealed, I still did not know who was the bad guy. And let me tell you, I am still reeling from the mystery being solved! The mark of a brilliant author, Bateman kept me on my toes and I never saw the ending coming! My only complaint is that the ending didn't wrap up quite like I wanted, but hey, I like epilogues and pretty bows tying everything up. I cannot wait until Bateman writes her next novel!
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