Mariah Sayers survived a brutal attack as a teenager, and ran away out of fear. Sixteen years later she returns with her daughter to make peace with her past. Just as she feels she is rekindling old friendships and even an old flame, she receives some shocking news; a girl has been killed in her town. Now, Mariah will have to confront the unthinkable—and reclaim the broken pieces of her shattered past.
I always enjoy Carla Cassidy. Her books are easy reads with plots I generally enjoy. Broken Pieces was no exception. As with all her books, it starts off with a bang and doesn’t quit until the end.
After being brutally attacked, Mariah Sayers has no choice but to leave town. Alone and pregnant, Mariah goes to Chicago where she’s able to build a life for herself and the daughter she loves more than anything. When her father dies and leaves the family home to her, all Mariah wants to do is sell the house and finally be done with the bad memories it brings. What she doesn’t expect is to be confronted with the very evil that drove her from home all those years before.
Veterinarian Jack has had a crush on Mariah since he was a kid. When he sees her again after sixteen years, the boyish crush turns into feelings only a man can have for a woman. After a hard marriage and even harder divorce, Jack thinks Mariah might be the perfect woman for him. All Jack wants is a woman with no emotional baggage. He doesn’t think there is anyone more perfect for him than Mariah.
No one in town has any idea of the evil that lurks in their town. An evil that started that long ago night when Mariah was attacked so horrifically. I really enjoyed the suspense in this book. Cassidy took us into the mind of the killer, who (as always) is one of the people you least expect. I enjoyed reading about the small town and the people that made it. While there wasn’t a whole lot of character development, it really didn’t take away from the story which was very fast paced. It was an easy read that kept my attention.
4 out of 5.