>> Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Genre: Romantic suspense fiction
Challenge: TBR Challenge #10, Unread Authors Challenge #2
This was my first book by Erica Spindler and at the halfway point, I still hadn’t decided whether I liked it or not. This book hard to categorize. It’s the first venture into suspense writing by a former romance novelist. Part of it was a romance, with a large dose of privileged high school girl and boy from the wrong side of the tracks story. Another part of it was a multi-generational story of women descended from a New Orleans madam and included a mother who could make Joan Crawford seem like June Cleaver. Yet another part was a suspense story of a detective hunting for a serial killer who may or may not also be the killer of the detective’s mother.
Lily Pierron is a former New Orleans area madam who is estranged from her daughter and doesn’t know her granddaughter at all.
Hope Pierron St. Germaine left her mother’s home to build a new life where no one knew of her mother or her past. She’s now a wealthy member of New Orleans society who keeps her past a secret and obsessively battles her own inner demons and what she feels is a ‘darkness’ that is the destiny of all the women in her family .
Glory St. Germaine has no knowledge of her mother’s past and has never even met her grandmother. A child of privilege she leads a life of luxury, but is obsessively controlled and punished by her mother for reasons she doesn’t understand.
Victor Santos is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who has to make his own way after the brutal murder of his mother. He has connections to all of the Pierron women and ultimately hopes to bring his mother’s murderer to justice.
It’s a somewhat disjointed novel, parts of which are better than others. I wasn’t too thrilled with the high school romance section of the book, but the rest of it did hold my interest and kept me entertained. It wasn’t a top book of the year for me, but it was a decent start for a new- to-me author, and I’ve heard good things about some of her later books, so will likely read more of her books.