Review: Willow Point (Book #2: A Harbour Falls Mystery Series) by S.R. Grey

Title: Willow Point Series: Book #2: A Harbour Falls Mystery Series Format: Paperback, 246 pages Published: April 17, 2013 by S.R. Grey ISBN: 0615782892
Title: Willow Point
Series: Book #2: Harbour Falls Mystery Series
Format: Paperback, 246 pages
Published: April 17, 2013 by S.R. Grey
ISBN: 0615782892

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Synopsis: 

With the Harbour Falls Mystery solved, author Maddy Fitch hopes secrets and lies are behind her. But a cryptic letter from her former best friend would seem to indicate otherwise. Is the man Maddy fell in love with while solving the Harbour Falls Mystery, the gorgeous and rich Adam Ward, keeping a damning and potentially dangerous secret from her? Only the writer of the letter, Ami Hensley, knows for sure. But Maddy is hesitant to confront her, since the last time they saw one another Ami tried to kill her.

But if Maddy wants answers–ones that could potentially save Adam–then she must face her fears and visit her former friend. Unfortunately for Maddy, Ami is currently locked up in the creepiest place in Maine, an old gothic structure that houses the criminally insane, known simply as Willow Point.

Will this new mystery tear Maddy and Adam apart?

Who else is in on Adam’s secret?

And will Maddy find the answers before it’s too late?

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: 

**Contains SPOILERS for book one!!**

Everyone in Harbour Falls knows a couple of things for certain: Adam Ward did not, in fact kill his one-time fiancé, Chelsea Hannigan and, Ami Hensley is bat-sh*t crazy. Everyone knows this to be true so why in the world is Maddy Fitch considering indulging the crazy lady and once again questioning the truthfulness of her boyfriend, Adam Ward?  The short answer is, because Maddy is also a touch crazy and can’t seem to let unanswered questions go.  Though she and Adam promised one another that the lies and deceit are a thing of the past, Maddy just can’t reign in her curiosity and decides indulging crazy is far better than not knowing the answer to something.  Didn’t she learn in the first go ‘round?

Ami Hensley is locked up in Willow Point, a site for the criminally insane.  The criminally insane!!  From her new home, Ami manages to send Maddy a cryptic letter which appears to indicate that Adam’s SEC scandal wasn’t what his ex-fiancé was blackmailing him with after all.  In fact, Ami’s letter alludes to something far darker and more sinister than a little insider trading could ever be.  Because it is so much easier to believe the crazy girl than ask your boyfriend, Maddy does the unthinkable and breaks up with Adam so she can pursue yet another mystery. 

After moving to the mainland, Maddy screws up her courage and makes the long and terrifying journey into Willow Point, repeatedly.  Week after week, Ami offers up small clues to a larger mystery and reminds Maddy every time that time is of the essence.  When not at Willow Point, Maddy is running the roads tracking down the clues and with every new step toward the truth she is convinced her former lover was involved in murder.  Adding to the drama is the hot new neighbor, Stowe, who always seems to be around when Maddy needs help.  In fact, Stowe is remarkably good at being both available and very cryptic about why he is in Harbour Falls.  Oh, and the bonus to the hot, new neighbor?  Adam not only knows him but hates him with a passion.

As in book one, Grey drags the reader through all kinds of action and drama.  The high points are full of intrigue, danger and, high octane awful while the down moments are so fraught with tension you can cut through it with a knife.  Maddy is constantly on edge about Adam, Adam knows Maddy loves him and is up to something which makes him touchy and angry (but, man is he hot when he’s like this!) and, Ami is getting worse and worse with each of Maddy’s visits and full of doom and gloom news.  Everything comes to a head when the past quite literally waltzes in and tries to destroy everything Adam has built. 

The Bottom Line: Though Maddy is the single most frustrating character in the history of fiction, she always manages to keep things interesting.  This time around, Maddy gets herself and everyone else into some seriously deep crap.  If Maddy were a cat, she would have used at least three to four lives in this read.  Thank goodness Adam is a patient man with nearly unlimited funds.  Between his patience and his money, he gets Maddy out of almost everything.  This time around, so does hot, new and, very mysterious neighbor.  As a good trilogy should, each of the “old” characters are back in action and evolving; the long-term plot is evolving to more complex levels and; the short-term, book-specific plot is both engrossing and fully-resolved by the end of the read.  Of course, in order to keep the readers coming back for more, Grey leaves bits and pieces of the long-term plot totally unresolved and hooks you with a the tiniest little bombshell about a price on Adam’s head.

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About the author and where to find her:

S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories. New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3). Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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