Now You See Her
by Linda Howard
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Published by Pocket Books, 2003 (originally 1998)
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.
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!
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.
Have you read this book or any others by Linda Howard? Which are your favorites?