One across...three down...The answer is in the puzzle. The danger is in not solving it before time's up.
Libby Keating longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella's old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn't looking good so far.
First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby's thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously -- in spite of the dead man who delivers it.
Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crossroads, if only she can solve the puzzles before it's too late.
Incredibly clever clues hidden in random crossroad puzzles (which the author includes so you can complete the puzzle and discover the clues right along with Libby) make this a uniquely fascinating read.
The contrast between Libby and her twin couldn't be more startling and I'll admit to wanting to smack Tori upside the head on numerous occasions! And let's just place a captial 'D' in front of Dysfunctional when describing their extended Keating family. Enough fodder to send my sensitive reader vibes into overdrive! Emotions definitely engaged in this one.
Love the unexpected romance that crops up in the midst of mystery and mayhem. Drew, a lover of all things library, is my idea of a super hero. :-)
Told in mulitple Points of View -- Libby's in 1st person and the rest in 3rd -- gave some interesting perspectives to a captivating plot. And I loved how the author worked a solid faith foundation throughout. A sublime mystery with a kick of romance that will keep you turning pages until the satisfying conclusion.
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