She Can Run by Melinda Leigh
Several story lines make this novel an exhilarating read. Because of the vivid dialect it draws you into the novel until the last page. Beth’s diabolical estranged husband hovering in the shadows and a creepy villain in the wings just waiting to strike keeps you on the edge of your seat.
“Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret about her new husband, Beth realizes he will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep it. After barely escaping with her life, she and her children flee. They eventually make their way to a secluded estate in the Pennsylvania countryside, where Beth dares to hope she has found a safe place at last…
Forced into retirement by an unexpected injury, Philadelphia homicide detective Jack O’Malley is mourning the loss of his career when his uncle abruptly dies, leaving Jack to dispose of his crumbling country house. Unbeknownst to him, his uncle engaged a caretaker just before his death, a mysterious woman with two children. Determined to know her, Jack begins an investigation into Beth’s past. When he uncovers the shocking truth, and a local woman is viciously murdered, Jack puts his own life on the line to keep Beth and her children safe.”(Amazon)
And the best part is there are four books in the “She Can” series by Melinda Leigh. She Can Run, She Can Tell, She Can Scream and She can Hide. The books do not have to be read in chronological order is another bonus of this series. ~ Lori