Title: The Envelope
Author: R. Sue Oleson
Published Date: June 7th 2014
Genre: romantic suspense
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Carol Long has a life most people only dream of—a large estate in a gated community, designer clothes, a luxury sports car, and high-ranking status on society’s ladder. But Carol isn’t happy; in fact, she suspects her very handsome and very successful husband is cheating on her. Soon after she hires a private investigator to find proof of his indiscretions, Doug Long turns up dead, and Carol finds herself accused of his murder.
Enter Detective Ben Anderson—a strictly no-nonsense and by-the-book cop. When Ben crosses paths with the beautiful and wealthy Mrs. Long, he doubts her story from the start. But when they are thrust together in a turn of events, he soon finds himself lusting after his latest murder suspect, causing him to doubt his own instincts. Just how far will Ben be willing to go in his quest for the truth? Will he cross the line of the law, risking his entire career—and maybe even his own life—to save her?
The Envelope is R. Sue Oleson debut novel, and it is a romantic suspense. It is heavy on the suspense with just the right amount of romance.
From page one, this book is a page turner that I found hard to put down. Ms. Oleson has done an excellent job building the tension in her story. The pace at which clues are found is just right to keep readers engaged and guessing. The complexity of the murder mystery is perfect—it isn’t a mind bender and it isn’t too obvious. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story interesting. The ending was not the one I had suspected!
The romance between Detective Ben Anderson and suspect Carol Long was just okay for me. I liked the character of Ben Anderson, but I didn’t care for Carol as the week, passive and sheltered female lead. While the character of Ben seemed current—a normal guy, not overly controlling, brilliant or rich—the characterization of Carol seemed to be dated (circa 1950). Regardless of how I felt about the characters, they were well developed. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well.
Ms. Oleson is an author that I would definitely read again.
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