Searching for Irene
What happened to Irene? When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, mysteriously disappeared a few weeks before. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion to begin working, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one— After Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance, a series of frightening incidents ensnare her in a maze of intrigue. Anna is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart. But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets in a troubled household, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. When her life is threatened, Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—
My Thoughts: I love historical fiction suspense novels. The story of Anna finding Irene takes place in an American castle like home where a complicated family and a complicated story. I found myself amused with the challenges Anna faces for being a woman and having a career (the horror!) and frustrated by her inability to truly trust anyone. The story spins a complicated web where you doubt everyone’s intentions, and nobody is free from suspicion. I found this story fresh and fun to read, I give it 4 stars!Marlene Bateman has several other books I have loved. Check out my review of Crooked House.
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