Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag
TBR Challenge 2012: May Challenge- Read a book published prior to 2000.
TBR Challenge 2012: Personal Challenge- Cry Wolf has been on my to-read list since March 2010.
Lucky's Lady is one of my favorite romantic suspense books, and I looked forward to reading Cry Wolf
when I saw it was labeled Doucet #3. Other than sharing the Bayou
setting and having a one line mention of Lucky Doucet, there is nothing
to tie this book to the others. Lucky's Lady also dealt with family
troubles and a tortured hero, but I was able to believe the
transformations and the happy ending. Cry Wolf on the other
hand is one long downer. The book is full of characters who have been
abused and traumatized. A few of the topics covered include repeated
sexual abuse of a child by a custodial step-parent, physical abuse by an
alcoholic parent, patricide, a disbarred lawyer, suicide, nervous
breakdown, cold social climbing parent, and so much more. There are no
well-adjusted characters here.
The suspense plot was slow to
unravel, and the relationship between Jack and Laurel was push-me
pull-you for half the book. The heavy angst in both of them was
exhausting. Laurel is suppose to be a strong character, and in some ways
she comes through in the end, but overall she seems helpless in the
face of her grief over her failed case and loss of career. She seems
like a ship tossed around on a stormy sea in every relationship: with
her sister, her mother, Jack, Stephen, the sheriff, Jimmy Lee, and even
the local bar patrons.
Even when the mystery is solved, I wasn't
convinced of the happy ending. Way too much baggage weigh the
characters down. Their HEA won't come without years of therapy for both
I gave it 3 stars because the writing is good and the mystery kept me glued to the pages.