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Book Review - Head On



Head On

By

Colleen Thompson





Back cover: The full moon brings out the crazies; anyone in emergency services knows that. But for hospice nurse Beth Ann Decker, the gruesome murder that rocks Hatcher County is shockingly unexpected. As is the return of the Texas community's most hate prodigal son--Mark Jessup. Sixteen years before, the town's bad boy was behind the wheel of a pickup that left three cheerleaders dead and Beth Ann so badly injure that people whispered she'd have been better off in the grave with them. Jessup is all man now--tough, uncompromising, rich--and a possible suspect in this new killing. Beth Ann knows he's the last person she should be spending time with, especially when a nighttime intruder makes it clear she herself is a targer. But in Mark's heated gaze, Beth Ann sees something a lot more exciting than pity. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she's dead set on meeting life, and love....

In a small rural town of Hatcher County, Texas Beth Ann is a hospice nurse and caring for Mark's father, Hiram Jessup who is dying. Mark returns to town to be with his father during his last days, despite the fact Hiram doesn't want him around. Mark was responsible for the death of his own sister and two other girls, plus seriously injuring Beth Ann in a drag race gone bad when he was 18 years old. To add fuel to the fire, Mark brings his 4 year old son with him who is part african-american. Emotions run high as small town politics reveal Mark may not have been totally responsible for the accident and someone has been covering up for someone else all these years. Add to that the death of Beth Ann's mother in a gruesome murder and you have the makings of an interesting murder mystery thriller.

There are many twists and turns and the killer is someone they never suspected. I enjoyed this book - it wasn't as full of the old high school angst as in
Traceless by Debra Webb that I had previously read. The characters had evolved and decided to move on with their lives and not stuck in the high school drama stage. Head On is another first time author discovery and I will probably read more of her works.

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