Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart

SLEEPING

Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart
Publisher: Howard Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (341 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

She knew what he wrote . . .

One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.

One word that changed everything.

MINE.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

I really enjoyed the opening of this book. Ms. Baart did a wonderful job setting the scene for the mystery that was weaved throughout the whole novel. I felt as if I were in the barn with the main character, Lucas, as he was called to examine a corpse. In this opening chapter the author gave us good insight into his personality, and not only where he’d come from, but where he seems to be heading both professionally and personally. He was very a sympathetic character and so much so that I got frustrated for him in the scenes where he had deal with Jenna, his estranged wife. The dialogue is very lifelike and the plotting moves fast. I think this had a lot to do with the way the book was written. One part being Lucas’ story, the other Meg, although I should add sometimes I wanted these two stories to merge faster than they did.

Another thing that Ms. Baart portrayed nicely in Sleeping in Eden is the hometown charm of Blackhawk and its residents. If you like stories that examine the past and its bearing on our future, along with some suspense then I think this might be a good pick for you.

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