He created a legacy that no one could imagine…
Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn’t know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the job at Knights Associates, where she’ll help them solve cyber crimes but also be able to use their connections and resources to find her own answers. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?
Graham and his partner Guy, can’t keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention as not only have they been hacked but Guy’s family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she’s been accessing their high-security accounts, he realizes the cause of their predicament might be closer then he thought. Is there new assistant behind the problems they’re having? If she’s so innocent why does someone want to abduct her?
Tarin and Graham discover that although they don’t trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin’s nightmare plays out? An eighty year old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget…
Unloading, she hauled as much as she could and headed out into the hallway, once she’d checked to make sure there was no one there. She grabbed Chance’s free hand, his other one was hugging his big green rabbit.
The trip down in the elevator to the garage was uneventful but it didn’t ease her nerves or stop her from feeling there was someone watching her. Once the doors opened she walked quickly across the underground parkade, her heels clicking loudly, making her wince at the noise. Once at Stephen’s Mercedes which she was borrowing, she stuffed all she’d hauled down into the trunk and was just closing the lid when the guard came by.
“Mrs. Roth. How are you today?”
“Tarin, please. I’m good Dale and you?” During one of their many chats, he’d told her he’d been the guard there for over ten years. He was a bit of a gruff old guy but he’d taken a liking to her. The one time he’d seen her with a bruise on her forehead, he hadn’t said anything but he’d let her know he didn’t believe it was from a cupboard door. Which had been the truth, she just wasn’t sure herself it hadn’t been deliberate on Stephen’s part. Since then Dale had checked on her regularly and hinted many times that if she ever needed a place just for a short vacation, he had the best place for her. She knew he meant with him and his wife.
“Good. Good. The missus wants me to go on a cruise but I’m not sure I have the legs to be at sea for a week. I like solid ground under my feet. She’s trying to get me into retirement mode. I’m done in a couple of months.”
She laughed. “Oh but it’ll be fun. You probably stop at a lot of islands and get off the ship, right?”
“Yes but we have to get to them islands first.” He smiled at her. “Anyway can I help you? I saw you were packing a lot of stuff. I’d be more than happy to help you bring it down.”
She tried hard not to react but she knew she hadn’t succeeded when the color bleached out of her face and she saw his look of concern.
“Are you all right?”
“Yeah. Yeah. Just have a few things to do. Thanks but I… uh… don’t need help. I’m good. But thanks.”
“Hungry. Hungry,” Chance who had hidden behind her leg chanted just loud enough for her to hear.
“I know, love. We just have to go up and get a few more things and then we’ll go out for breakfast, okay?”
“Now, Mommy. Now.”
“How did his birthday turn out?”
Tarin smiled. Dale had bought him a present since he’d been born. She wondered who’d be there to give him a present when he turned three. “He loved it. Thank you so much for the car, he barely puts it down. He plays with it all the time.” She didn’t know how to tell him his gift was the only one that hadn’t come from her. Stephen hadn’t wanted any other kids over. Not that she knew any, anyway.
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Tarin was missing for a week, she doesn’t know what happened but she does know that she ended up pregnant and has no idea what to do next. She fell into the arms of Stephen, who she married and lived two years in terror, she has had enough and runs with her young son.
Getting a job with Knights Associates is a perfect fit for Tarin, they solve cyber crimes and Tarin maybe able to get the answers she has longed to find out, primarily what happened that week. However her employer Graham knows Tarin is hiding something and is determined to figure it out. When the reason Tarin became pregnant comes back and wants to take the child, Tarin finds herself immersed in a tangled web of deceit.
Intriguing story that is a cat and mouse chase until the end. I liked that Tarin has had enough and does what she thinks is best for her son. There is so much to this story as it unravels, you are going to be on the edge of your seat from the very first page.
Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine and Captured Lies won book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series – Book 2), March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is a wholehearted nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine