Sometimes to live, ya gotta die. And sometimes dying right takes practice…
Christine Branch is elated. Finally her sister, Caroline Branch Easton, has left made the break from her abusive ex, Martin Easton, and returns to Dallas to Christine’s ranchette to heal. Only Martin refuses to let her go. Within twenty-four hours, his thugs are doing everything they can to intimidate Christine into returning home. Christine knows she must do something to get her sister the time and space she needs to heal—and she concocts a plan:
Operation Switch and Bait. The sisters trade lives and Christine baits the thugs into following her. It works! Caroline undergoes counseling, eventually divorces Martin, though he refuses to accept it, and the operation continues… until Martin shows up at the ranchette and issues a return-home ultimatum. Christine’s had enough. She ends the operation, resumes her identity and disappears.
Christine continues with the switch, hoping confusion of two Carolines will assist in a clean getaway. On Christmas, Caroline calls Christine. A chef from Dallas is assisting her. She’s in Even, Georgia but within an hour leaves for Sampson Park. She’ll call again as soon as she’s settled.
But Caroline doesn’t call. And three months later, Christine remains unable to find anything on the mysterious Sampson Park, or on her sister’s whereabouts. She must take the risks of leading Martin to Even to find out what happened to Caroline.
Has she escaped, or is she to remain Down and Dead in Dallas?
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Short Story introduced in Love is Murder, Wed to Death, has now been released on its own.
**Discover heart-racing intrigue in this Thriller Short of romantic suspense.
Originally published in LOVE IS MURDER (2013),
edited by #1** New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown.
In this Thriller Short, bestselling author Vicki Hinze mixes up a heady brew of marriage, murder, search and sacrifice. Sara English knows her fiancé, Matthew, is more than the run-of-the-mill civil servant he claims to be when someone cuts his car’s brake lines. But it doesn’t matter to her—she loves him. Even when they try to poison him and kill his uncle, she’s still ready to marry him. When he shows up at the church, his tux in tatters, and explains what’s at stake, she sticks by him. His government employers can let him go, but she cannot. Is there anything—her mother, his job, the government, the cartel—that can break the tie that binds them?
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Hinze has written a masterful, complicated tale of suspense that gains momentum with each turn of a page. Her writing flows surely, moving from one character to the next, one setting to another, with readers keeping the swift pace. . . . Hinze’s plot may have readers puzzling over how this tangled tale will ever resolve itself, but that underestimates the author’s talent for transforming the unlikely into something beautiful.
Forget Me Not is a thriller you won’t soon forget, especially if you’re a fan of the romantic obsession mastered by Alfred Hitchcock in Vertigo or Otto Preminger’s Laura. Vicki Hinze’s latest blends disparate elements together with surprising ease, and the result is a darkly original tale where hope and faith provide the light. The story, though, isn’t so much about faith conquering all so much as coming to the realization of its limitations and learning to overcome them, which comes define Brandt’s very heroism. Such spiritual elements would’ve overburdened the tale in lesser hands. Good thing’s Hinze’s are as sure and steady as they come, making Forget Me Not not to be missed.
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