Review: Now You See Her by Linda Howard

January 22, 2014 2014, book rating, C+, reviews 1

bed64-nowyouseeherNow You See Her
by Linda Howard
Series:
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Published by Pocket Books, 2003 (originally 1998)
E-book, Purchased
362 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: A talented painter in her early thirties, Paris Sweeney has achieved enviable success: her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery, and her popularity is at an all-time high. Life is good, and Sweeney, as she prefers to be called, is content.

But lately, Sweeney’s dreams — lush, vivid, and drenched in vibrant hues — seem to echo a growing restlessness that has taken hold of her. Suddenly, impulsively, Sweeney falls into a night of intense passion with millionaire Richard Worth. Now, the true dangers of her all-consuming urges are about to be revealed where Sweeney least expects it: in her paintings.

After a creative frenzy she can barely recall, Sweeney discovers she has rendered a disturbing image — a graphic murder scene. Against her better instincts, she returns to the canvas time and again, filling out each chilling detail piece by piece. But when a shattering, real-life murder mirrors her creation, Sweeney falls under suspicion. With every stroke of her brush, she risks incriminating herself with her inexplicable knowledge of a deadly crime. And every desire — including her hunger for Richard — is loaded with uncertainty as Sweeney races to unmask a killer.

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She didn’t want to be different. She had seen her parents use their talent as an excuse for all sorts of god-awful, selfish, self-aggrandizing behavior, and seen the havoc they had wrought in other people’s lives. She didn’t want to be like that. She wanted to be a perfectly normal person who happened to have a talent for painting; that was different enough, but she could handle that.

What worked for me:

  • This is a straight-forward romance even with the paranormal and suspense aspects.
  • Sweeney and Richard are pleasant characters.
  • This was a fun, quick read and though it hasn’t stayed with me I did enjoy it.

What didn’t work:

  •  Even without the paranormal aspect this book is not at all plausible!

My thoughts:

I think this was originally a category romance. The style of writing is simple and light despite the murder. I like many of Linda Howard’s books especially some of her earlier books, but this is not one of my favorites by her. Nevertheless, I’m not sorry I read it. Sometimes it’s nice to read a quick, easy book.

Some of my favorite Linda Howard books are Mr. Perfect, Dream Man and Kill and Tell.

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Have you read this book or any others by Linda Howard? Which are your favorites?

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