Title: Witness to Death
Author: Heather Graham
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Page Count: 304
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
According to Publishers Weekly, “Graham stands at the top of the romantic suspense category,” and fans will be eager to read this early, nail-biting tale of romantic suspense that pairs a witness in a high-profile murder case and her protection officer from this acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Lorna Doria hadn’t committed a murder. She’d seen one. Yet somehow she’d become the prisoner, while the killer was out on bail. As state’s witness, she’d thought the shelter of her quiet New England life would be enough to keep her safe. Law enforcement disagreed–and it was New York City undercover cop Andrew Trudeau’s job to protect her. But their strong attraction had already made it too late for that…
Now, with Andrew as her bodyguard, Lorna has no choice but to accept his constant presence. She assures herself she can handle it, she’s mature, not easily rattled–except by Andrew. They’re as different as can be, yet something bonds them, something beyond the danger they face. But as a cop, Andrew’s life will always be on the line, and Lorna must decide whether she can live with that–if a killer lets them have any future at all…
Most readers that are fans of romantic suspense will have heard of Heather Graham with as many books as she has to her name so far. I’ve read a few of hers in the past myself so seeing Witness to Death I fully expected an amazing romantic suspense but what I missed seeing was this one is actually a reprint of one of her books from the 80s and not a brand new work.
Witness to Death is the story of Lorna Doria who had witnessed a murder that then put her in the sights of one scary crime lord who would stop at nothing to stay out of jail. The police of course wanted to do anything to keep Lorna alive to testify which put her with Andrew Trudeau, an under cover officer that was assigned to protect her and with the months holed up together in protection the two had slept together. Now unfortunately Lorna is back in danger and Andrew has come to take her into custody again but Lorna has other ideas that don’t involved being imprisoned in custody again.
Well, obviously I was a little disappointed with this one when only giving it two and a half stars overall but after finding out it’s an old publication being republished I feel a little better about my rating. This one really just felt unpolished and a bit all over the place really and not what I expected from a well established writer and now seeing it’s thirty some years old it makes a little more sense to me. It also did have a bit of a dated feel to it which probably also added to my disconnect to the story. I guess this one is more for those fans who would like a bit of nostalgia and not expect the more polished newer works.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers and was also awarded the prestigious Thriller Master in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA. Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.
Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.