A page-turning forensic thriller: terse and tangled, passionate and romantic, and thoroughly engrossing…
Meticulous forensic details, endless twists, and an endearing pair of protagonists mark Applewhite’s latest forensic thriller. It was ten-years ago when Savanna Jones met an enigmatic stranger, a Lieutenant Colonel she knew only as Ishmael, and shared a night of passion with him. But the man never left her mind. Now ten years later, a case of serial murder brings her face to face with Ishmael. Only he is Dr. Nicholas Wade, her new boss in the forensics unit. The pair must put their personal grievances aside and work together if they want to stop the killer. Applewhite’s story captivates, both as a romance and as an engrossing, page-turning forensic thriller. The unfolding mystery of the pair’s past encounter is enough to keep readers turning pages. The basic premise is a dash of passionate romance mixed with heaping helpings of murder investigation, forensic intrigue, and non-stop twists. At the same time, Applewhite delves into emotional and moral dilemmas, traumatized lives shattered by drugs and conspiracy, and questions of love, trust, regret, respect, and integrity. The forensic elements are well-executed and complemented by characters that readers will truly come to care about and a romance that resonates. The final reveal is thoroughly satisfying and heartening. Although the story’s tone is dark, the delicious underlying chemistry between Savanna and Nicholas keeps the things light. Fans of romantic suspense and the forensic thriller genre will find common ground in this winding tale of murder, mayhem, and romance.
Torn: A Forensic Romance
Virtually Published Media
Pub date Nov. 23 2018
Price 43.80 (USD) Hardcover, $18.90 Paperback, $3.19 Kindle edition