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Posted October 3, 2018 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Shattered by Karen Robards
Also by this author: Darkness
Published by Brilliance Audio, Putnam on March 23, 2010
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 388
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 0399156275
ASIN: B003DQVE9Y
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four-half-stars

Aspiring attorney Lisa Grant has headed back to the Kentucky farm she called home to care for her ailing mother. She's also taken a research job pulling cold case files for District Attorney Scott Buchanan, a former crush. Then Lisa comes across one that freezes her blood.

More than twenty-eight years ago an entire family disappeared. That's not all: The mother in the picture bears an uncanny resemblance to Lisa herself at that age. If this is Lisa's past, then she's been living a lie. If it's a lie, then someone has killed to keep it a secret.

Now, for Lisa and Scott, untangling a web of deception will have terrifying repercussions -- because whoever had reasons for shattering Lisa's past isn't through with it. Or with her.

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Because I was overcome by events this past week and didn’t finish listening to the book I originally planned to review, I was scrolling back through my audio library for books I hadn’t reviewed and ran across Shattered by Karen Robards, a book I listened to several years ago. I really liked it but, for some reason, I didn’t review it at the time. This is a fascinating tale in which Lisa Grant, a down-on-her-luck lawyer-turned-research-assistant, finds a photo of a woman in a cold case file who has an uncanny resemblance to her. Consumed with curiosity by the lookalike photo, Lisa begins an investigation into her past that places her in present danger and ends with startling revelations about a family that disappeared years ago. Who are the Garcias, what happened to them, and why does Lisa look so much like the woman in the photo? I’m envisioning all of you saying “Oh, this one is easy,” but don’t be too hasty. There are going to be twists and turns, living and dead villains, and brushes with death that you won’t see coming. The relationship that develops between Lisa and her childhood friend – now boss – Scott Buchanan is fairly predictable, but because they are such likable characters, and the romance is fairly steamy, you will love their interactions.

During my search for a book to review, the fact that Susan Ericksen narrates Shattered definitely influenced my choice. As always, her performance is superb and her unique voices for the characters brings them to life.

Shattered was published in 2010, so it’s not Ms. Robards’ most recent work. Nevertheless, if you like the genre and Ms. Robards, I think you will find it a very entertaining listen. I highly recommend it if you love romantic suspense with a hint of psychological thriller thrown in. I will be surprised if you aren’t surprised by the ending.

four-half-stars

About Karen Robards

Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader’s Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, and is the winner of six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite romance author, as well as numerous other awards. She writes thrillers, romantic suspense and historical romances. Her work has been translated into more than seventeen languages.

Karen lives in her native Louisville with her husband, Doug Robards, and their three sons. She says: “I read, I write, and I chauffeur children,” she says with a laugh. “That’s my life.”

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