Twenty-five years ago, a mysterious “watcher” kills a man named Harry and disposes of his body.
Now, in the present day and in the same township, a woman has returned to Pennsylvania to rebuild the family horse farm. With her own baggage, secrets, fears, and vulnerabilities, Rachel Parker is determined to start over and carve out a place for herself.
But almost immediately, vandalism and graffiti and frightening messages threaten her world, while nearby, her sister Sarah’s husband has turned abusive and she reaches out for Rachel’s help.
A Watcher keeps a close eye on Rachel even as his threats escalate.
Police Chief Mike O’Connell is determined to protect Rachel, Sarah, and everyone else in the community, but he soon realizes that the intense connection that is developing between him and Rachel could risk his position and his own vulnerable heart.
Who is so afraid of what Rachel might have seen twenty-five years before? What person close to her, who knows every one of her secret fears could be moving in for the kill? How will Mike protect her when a vicious town councilman does everything in his power to thwart him? What is the councilman hiding, and how far will he go to keep control?
As She Can Tell picks up the pace, moving quickly toward its exciting conclusion, we become invested in the characters, rooting for the capture of the stalker, while savoring the moments between each of them. I enjoyed the dialogue, which had moments of humor while showing us the three-dimensional personalities of Rachel and Mike. They felt like people I wanted to know and believe in.
I liked that I couldn’t quite figure out which of the possible characters was The Watcher. While I had it narrowed down, I was still stunned at the reveal.
Another five star read from the talented Melinda Leigh. Recommended for those who like romantic suspense and enjoy the in-depth characterizations that are her signature style. I can’t wait for the next one!