Pelican Ventures Book Group – Harbourlight Books (May 8, 2014) Contemporary Suspense with Romantic Elements
V.B. Tenery manages several themes in Dead Ringer—family bonds, trust, and deception—and handles each theme with style.
Mercy Lawrence is a dead ringer for wife and mother, Traci Wallace, who walked out on her family. Mercy’s nightmare begins when Traci’s husband, Thomas Wallace, kidnaps Mercy and takes her to his private island. Mercy is thrown into the role of mother to Thomas’ six-year-old son who is recovering from heart surgery.
Thomas Wallace would do anything to speed up his son’s recovery including dragging his estranged wife back to the island. When Thomas is called away to complete a CIA mission, Mercy is left on the island where she soon finds out Traci has dangerous enemies who want her dead.
V.B. Tenery captured my attention from the first chapter and held me spellbound throughout the book. Tenery shines in her ability to intertwine several sub-plots with the main plot and give the reader a satisfying ending with no loose ends.
A cast of well-developed characters populates Dead Ringer. From ultra-rich Thomas Wallace, right down to the household staff, Tenery’s characters evoke an emotional response. As much as I wanted to hate Thomas I understood his plight and his concern as a father.
I recommend Dead Ringer to readers who enjoy fast-paced suspense with romantic overtones.