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Kendall Deaton moves to the small town of Prosper, South Carolina to become Public Defender, a role she loves because it allows her to protect some people who would otherwise have no hope. She is attracted to local newspaper owner, handsome Matt Burnwood, son of one of the wealthiest and most influential people in the town. Their marriage seems destined for success and happiness, despite Matt's difficulty in understanding Kendall's approach to life, especially her racial tolerance and feelings for the downtrodden, and underprivileged.
One day she discovers how different her view of the world is from that of her husband and father-in-law and the leaders of the town. She inadvertently witnesses something that is so violent which threatens both her marriage and her career. The town's chilling secret is so devastating that she needs to run away from Matt and the town to get the help she needs. In doing so she takes her own secrets and lies with her that haunt and threaten any future hope of happiness.
This book is not for the faint hearted as it features extreme violence, racial intolerance and scenes that make the actions of the KKK look benign. There are moderately explicit sex scenes. The book is written in a flashback/flash-forward style that was difficult to follow. The plot was very extremely far fetched and frequently unbelievable.
I have read several older books by Sandra Brown that are being released on Kindle. I really enjoyed "Breath of Scandal" but have been progressively disappointed with the others. This book continued the disappointment - 2.5 stars.