Wednesday, October 21, 2009

On My Nightstand - The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann

Tessa Young, a brilliant landscape architect, gets an opportunity to restore a labyrinth based on an old European design. She's torn because her old flame, Smith Chandler, is the one offering the job. Tormented by nightmares from her childhood, she wonders if her fragile mental state can handle working in such close proximity to him. She takes the position, thinking it will give her closure.

Instead, she finds an older and wiser Smith. She fights to maintain a strictly professional relationship, but finds herself attracted to him once again. Her psychiatrist and mentor, Dr. Brenner, warns her two major stressors could result in a breakdown. Yet, Tessa perseveres.

Bizarre happenings threaten to derail the project. Items are moved, others disappear, and the feeling of someone watching them add to her anxiety. Will she finally tame the monsters that haunt her nights and now intrude on her days?

Kristen Heitzmann's masterful handling of Tessa's emotional state and the ultimate revelations concerning her past make this a suspenseful read. She builds the tension to an almost unbearable level before the climax.

This romantic suspense book provided a satisfying story and ending. It's worth picking up.

14 comments:

Jessica said...

I like Heitzmann's books a lot. Haven't read this one yet. Thanks for the review Susan!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

This is the second book I've read by this author. The story had many interesting elements from the unusual occupation to the romantic suspense.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jill Kemerer said...

Great cover. Last year, I got more into romantic suspenses. They make for a fast-paced read, that's for sure! Thanks for the recommendation.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

I like the combination of romance and suspense. It makes a great reading experience. I've also seen a historical element added with another book I recently read. Wonderful!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I've never read one of hers. Man, there are just too many good authors with too many interesting stories.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Eileen -

Oh, you'd like her books. I know it's hard to decide, but it's good to keep your Wish List up to date. Christmas is coming!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jill Nutter said...

Hi Susan,
This book is in my TBR pile of books. I haven't read any of Kristen's book yet, but this book sure sounds interesting.

Heather Sunseri said...

Hi, Susan.

So, you really liked this book? I'm looking for romantic suspense novels to read right now. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

Great! I know you'll enjoy it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Heather -

Yes, I REALLY liked it. :) Kristen Heitzmann is a skilled author and plants your feet right in the middle of the action.

Blessings,
Susan

Sharon Ball said...

I've never heard of this author before, but her book sounds very interesting. Romantic tension and a great story tend to make for a good read. Thanks, Susan, for the introduction to Kristen's novel.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sharon -

Kristen's been around for a while, but I only heard of her last year. This is the second book I've read.

She's working on a new novel as we speak. I'm looking forward to reading it

Blessings,
Susan :)

Kerry Nietz said...

Hi Susan.

Saw your comment on my interview on Sharon's site and wasn't sure how else to contact you. Just wondered if you might be open to a review of my book (or possibly another interview). I'd like the chance to change your mind regarding spec fiction...(:

Kerry Nietz

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kerry -

You can contact me at susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com.

Let's talk. :)

Blessings,
Susan