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Review: Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

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Repressed (Deadly Secrets #1)
by Elisabeth Naughton

officialsynopHidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s murder, but she’s still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives.

Dr. Ethan McClane isn’t exactly a newcomer. If it weren’t for his latest case, he’d never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past. Not even Sam, the delightfully sharp and sexy high school chemistry teacher he can’t stop thinking about.

When Sam and Ethan work together to help one of her students, sparks ignite. But Sam’s hazy memories of a long-ago night concern Ethan, and unlocking the repressed images reveals a dark connection between them. As the horrors of the past finally come to light, their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger. A killer will strike again to keep an ugly secret hidden, and this time no one will be safe.

officialreviewSamantha Parker never wanted to go back to Hidden Falls, seventeen years after the death of her brother. But she had to. Hidden Falls was small town surrounded by familiar people, old memories and apparently, a deep dark secret involving one of its beloved citizens.

Dr. Ethan McClane, a psychologist, got a new assignment, and that’s acting as the therapist for a juvenile delinquent Thomas Adler. He didn’t realize though that he’d be traveling back to Hidden Falls. Nearly two decades had passed, no one recognized him, but he still couldn’t forget that one night that changed it all for him.

Strange things started to happen right after Samantha got back to Hidden Falls. Her windows were vandalized, her chemistry lab got broken in, a skull was dug not far away from the cabin she’d seen when she was a child, and a number of people fell dead inside her house. And her nightmares seemed to have come back. Nightmares that she never understood.

Repressed really has a very interesting plot. The killings were mystifying. For every suspect I had in mind, each fell down one by one. When I thought I finally knew the killer, in the end, I was proven wrong again, left dumbfounded, shocked at the turn of events. The characters were also outstanding. Samantha didn’t get easily scared, despite the mess she’d been in. And Ethan McClane, he makes me want to go get a shrink and have myself psycho-analyzed. I would love to be adopted by the older McClane, too! The suspects surely got me twisted. That’s how good the story was, and man, did it really got me riled up.

This is my nth book by Elisabeth Naughton, and like always, I am in awe of her stories. Repressed is a mystery/suspense/romance thriller that got me grunting, hyperventilating, cursing and screaming for more. Every chapter promised anxiety, anticipation and blood-curling tension that only Naughton could deliver.Great job, Elisabeth!

 

My Rating:

4cups

officialClaire

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