Afraid by Lisa Jackson, Alexandra Ivy and Lisa Childs #bookreview #thriller #romance #suspense

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Title: Afraid

Author: Lisa Jackson, Alexandra Ivy and Lisa Childs

Publisher:   Zebra Books

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Page Count: 318

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

A thrilling new book featuring the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Third Grave, that fans of Allison Brennan and Lisa Gardner won’t want to miss! Dark secrets and revenge converge as former students from an elite boarding school, which is also a haven for the daughters of the rich and famous, come face to face with the crimes of the past…
Lucy Champagne was sent to St. Cecilia’s after her movie-star mother was brutally attacked by her sleazy boyfriend, Ray Watkins. Lucy’s damning testimony landed Ray a twenty-five-year sentence. But now, Ray is free. And he’s going to find Lucy and make her pay, no matter how far and how fast she runs . . .
Rayne Taylor found unexpected happiness at St. Cecilia’s, until her roommate, Natalie, committed suicide. Only when Rayne finds a box of mementoes from that time does she realize how wrong she may have been about Natalie’s death—and how far someone will go to keep the truth hidden . . .

Erin MacDonald remembers little about the long-ago night she and her sister, Anna Beth, were kidnapped. While Erin was found safe, Anna Beth vanished forever. Now Erin has reluctantly come back to the family estate, where Detective Rafe Montego hopes to finally crack the case. But as flashes of Erin’s memory reemerge, she learns how deep the danger goes . . .

Afraid by Lisa Jackson, Alexandra Ivy and Lisa Childs brings readers three thrilling tales of romantic suspense. The commonality between the three stories in Afraid is the fact that all the women once attended a boarding school together. The stories are all told by changing the point of view between the characters and with some flashing back to the past.

Retribution is the first story in Afraid and it introduces readers to Lucy Champagne. Lucy had been sent to St. Cecilia’s after a traumatic event in her childhood. Lucy’s mother had been attacked by her then boyfriend and Lucy at only eight had been the one to testify against the attacker who is now out of prison sending Lucy into hiding.

Ghosts features Rayne Taylor who’s roommate and friend, Natalie, at St. Cecilia’s had committed suicide. Rayne finds things that belonged to Natalie in her old school things and returns them to Natalie’s brother who never thought Natalie’s death was a simple suicide. Rayne also has questions and wants to get to the truth of what happened.

Alone features Erin MacDonald who had been sent to St. Cecilia’s after Erin and her sister had been kidnapped but when the ransom was paid only Erin had been returned to her family. Now years later no one has ever found out what happened to Erin’s sister, Anna Beth, and now after Erin’s father’s passing she returns home to Detective Rafe Montego still poking around in the old case.

Being familiar with all three of the authors writing Afraid of course I felt that I would enjoy this one before I even picked it up. All three stories were entertaining in their own ways as they were different from one another with my only real complaint coming from the length which is normal for me to want a bit more depth with novellas. Overall though this was full of solid writing one would expect and I flew right through waiting to see what happened with each new tale.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

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About the authors:

Lisa Jackson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over ninety-five novels, including Liar, Liar, You Will Pay, After She’s Gone, Deserves to Die, Running Scared, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of One Last Breath, Last Girl Standing and the Colony Series, written with her sister and bestselling author Nancy Bush, as well as the collaborative novels Sinister and Ominous, written with Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan. There are over thirty million copies of her novels in print and her writing has been translated into twenty languages. She lives with her family and rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her online at and find her on Facebook.
Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online
Lisa Childs is an award-winning and international bestselling author of more than seventy novels.  She was born on Halloween, which may have fated her predilection for spinning dark and twisty stories. In addition to romantic suspense, she also writes women’s fiction, paranormal and contemporary romance. Lisa loves to hear from readers who can contact her on Facebook, and through her Website

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