She Came From Away by D. Edward Bradley

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She Came From Away by D. Edward Bradley
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

A dead uncle, an ordinary and a summer in a faroff place – they all come together to change Riley’s life forever. Riley Barnett is a second year student at the University of Toronto. Early in April of 1978, the postman brings a letter that lures her to Newfoundland where she spends the summer vacation. It is a friendly place for those who come from away, but a dark conspiracy soon rears its ugly head and almost destroys her.

It all starts when Riley gets a registered letter. Imagine her surprise when she reads that she has inherited a cabin in Newfoundland. It gets even more confusing when she finds out who willed it to her; she has never heard of him!

This is an interesting tale for more than reason. The author introduces you to Newfoundland, with its wide open spaces, lonely coast line, and friendly but reserved people. His plot is confusing and no one is exactly what they seem, so he grabs your attention at the beginning and keeps it. Once Riley opens the mailbox with a dead rat inside, the action picks up dramatically.

As you follow the maze of clues and make new discoveries on the page, you find you still don’t really know what’s going on. The author creates a realtor who offers an extraordinary amount of money to buy the property but denies it later; a well-dressed man who dates her neighbor is actually a nasty man; and someone is still trying to scare her away. What could be so important about that location?

Mr. Bradley gives Riley a love interest that heats up pretty quickly. She’s lucky to have him around; the bad guys aren’t giving up. I enjoyed watching their attraction for each other grow.

I liked the little twists the author built into the story at the end. It’s not a simple inheritance and fall in love story, there’s more to it. And it’s not something you would guess either. That’s part of what made the story enjoyable for me. Why not give it a read and see if you can sleuth it out before the end?

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