...a single mother's struggle for worth after a vicious attack. It's about a police sergeant seeking redemption for a crime he didn't realize he had committed--until the victim died. Tracy Michaels grew up believing her step-father, Jim Hammond, when he said she wasn't good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough. Now a single mother, she works as a tour guide in one of Denver's old Victorian museums barely making enough to survive. During long, sleepless nights in her studio apartment, she worries about stretching her meager paycheck for the basic necessities. She wants more for her life, more for Ritchie, her baby son, so she studies self-improvement and arranges longer hours at work, trying desperately to scrape together enough money to attend classes at a local tech school. Then one night her entire world shatters. She's beaten and sexually attacked. She survives, but he's watching her, threatening Ritchie's life if she talks to the authorities. Sergeant Reese Sanders, Denver PD, struggles through his own recovery, tormented by memories of another young victim, one who had always looked up to him--as a police officer, and as her brother. When she was attacked a year ago, she expected sympathy and comfort. But Reese had become hardened and was never able to offer understanding or anything beyond the standard platitudes. His sister slashed her wrists. Reese spent a year failing to drown his guilt with bourbon. Now, back on the force, he discovers his true redemption lies in finding the man responsible for his sister's attack, the same man he believes attacked Tracy. His very sanity depends on convincing her to help him bring the perpetrator to justice. Meanwhile, the perp watches. Even in the hospital Tracy isn't safe from his threats. She's forced to run, seeking shelter for Ritchie and herself in a safe house for battered women. With Suzy Banning's guidance, a white-haired-grandmother rape counselor who loves gaudy jewelry and sequined clothes, Tracy discovers inner strength and courage, qualities she must test when the offender finds her and demands she meet him.
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Published January 14, 2014
by L. Cooper Press.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction.