I received this book from Howard Books for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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
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. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela
Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose
lifeless body dangles from a rope above. When Angela went missing
years earlier, he and his wife never really believed she was just
another teenage runaway. Fueled by passion, Lucas resolves to uncover
the details of Angela’s suspected death, to bring some
closure to their small community and to his wife. But his obsession may
not be able to fix what is broken, and Lucas may be chasing shadows…
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 Jess, Meg’s older neighbor, was the safe choice,
she couldn’t let go of Dylan and the history they
shared 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 investigation in the present, weaving
together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw,
complex passions of innocence lost.
Sleeping in Eden is the first book by Nicole Baart I have read and what can I say? WOW!! When I read the synopsis before requesting it, I HAD to request it, definitely sounded like a book for me. And WOW it was. Sleeping in Eden is told from two different perspectives in two different times. We read from Lucas Hudson's standpoint in the present dealing with a suicide and a murder. We also read from Meg Painter's standpoint from over a decade ago in a different town. Nicole Baart transports readers seamlessly through the different time periods and in one moment, BOOM, both worlds collide in a way that is hard to believe.
Nicole Baart weaves a haunting story of mystery and love. As I read Sleeping in Eden I truly felt like I was there watching the events unfold. The characters are well written and real people with imperfect lives. I could not put this book down, it grabbed me from the first chapter and kept a hold of me until the end. This book took many twists and turns, and kept me guessing until the end. Sleeping in Eden is one of those stories that will stay with me, the storyline truly touched me and held on. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian Fiction/Mystery/Suspense. You will not be disappointed. I have found a new author to read! Nicole Baart's books are in my HAVE TO READ pile. I look forward to reading her other books. I give this book 5 Stars.