Dangerous Paradise by Linda Lee

Dangerous Paradise by Linda Lee
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (154 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

When her younger sister Carmen, whom she has watched over since her parent’s death, suddenly stops contacting her, Elisha fears something’s happened to her. She travels to the stunning and luxurious island resort from where she last heard from her.

Although evidence seems to indicate Carmen drowned during a snorkeling trip, Elisha is adamant her sister, an expert swimmer, is alive. After a near-death experience on the ocean, Elisha is determined to find the truth about her sister’s disappearance, despite repeated warnings from a handsome tour company owner to quit her investigation and leave the island.

Elisha just knows that her adventurous younger sister simply can’t be dead. When she arrives at the luxurious Perhentian Island resort, Grand Coco Malay, and starts to investigate she finds too many discrepancies, too many unanswered questions. People seem too eager to have her leave, and so she stays, searching for answers.

Elisha is an engaging protagonist. She has been responsible for her younger sister ever since her parent’s died, and her sister, a journalist who loves to travel, stayed in close touch with Elisha, sharing everything. So when Carmen writes about the handsome owner of the resort, Johnny, who disapproves of Carmen’s curiosity and her stubbornness when she is on the trail of a story, Elisha starts to wonder if there is something illegal going on in this idyllic paradise.

The plot moves quickly from one adventure to the next, and there are many plot twists. The suspense builds page by page, and Elisha has a very hard time trying to decide who to trust, who is telling the truth. Everyone has secrets, but which secrets are important. Elisha is convinced, because of a number of small incidents, that Carmen is still on the island, but she can’t find anyone to confirm that.

Dangerous Paradise is a real page turner, and I found it very hard to put it down. Danger abounds and Elisha is on her own, guided only by her love for her sister. However, I found the conclusion of the novel to be rather a let down. I won’t give any spoilers, but the ending didn’t seem to match the intensity of the rest of the plot.

Mystery lovers who want to take an exciting trip to an island resort will truly enjoy following Elisha’s adventures. She is a strong protagonist and the plot is non-stop excitement.

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