I simply couldn’t put this book down. It grabbed me from page one and never let me go. The setting is very seductive: an island off the Florida Keys in 1959. Enter Paula, the fascinating woman Bob Rector has conjured up for us with such amazing skill. She is faced with very different choices than women have today, but she is drawn so clearly and completely that I not only identified with her, I found myself wondering how I would have dealt with being a woman in the 1950s.
Rector drops us right into the drama from the beginning. There are no wasted words, nothing overstated, just good solid story-telling that leads us directly into such a compelling world of intriguing characters that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Yes, it’s that good.
When we first meet Paula, she is on her way to a rendezvous with her lover, Kurt. She’s married, he’s charming with a questionable past Paula knows nothing about. We see the plot unfold from a very personal perspective inside the minds of each character, which builds a level of suspense that reminded me of the best movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Except Rector has a more intimate way of unfolding his thriller, one that was very sexy at times. But just when you think you know where he’s going with the plot, he flips you upside down as easily as Kurt does Paula during their passionate love-making scenes.
This is definitely a book I don’t want to give plot points away because I would hate to spoil it for anyone. So I’ll just say that Paula and Kurt’s affair leads us into a riveting world with explosive characters and surprising plot twists. This is a thriller on one hand, but it’s also extremely romantic and unexpectedly heart-felt. When I was reading it, there were times I realized I was holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen to these people I had grown so fond of – no, it was more than that. I fell in love with Kurt and Paula.
What Rector has accomplished here is combining several genres – thriller, suspense, romance – into something all his own. It is a spellbinding novel with captivating characters. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
After years of producing Corporate Theatre for clients such as IBM and Coca-Cola, Marsha Roberts developed, produced and marketed Letters From The Front, the only professional theatrical production to tour military bases around the world. This heartfelt show touched hundreds of thousands of lives, toured stateside and abroad for fifteen years and was the first play ever to perform at the Pentagon. The daunting process of getting this never-been-done-before production off the ground and onto a worldwide stage gave her a keen awareness of what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles and find the miraculous in the commonplace.