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Shattered    by Karen Robards order for
by Karen Robards
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Putnam, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Joan Burton

Lisa Grant was working for a law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when it went bankrupt and she found herself unemployed. Lisa returned home to the family horse farm, Grayson Springs, to care for her ailing mother. She accepts a position working for the District Attorney, Scott Buchanan, as a research assistant. Scott is a friend from the past, on whom Lisa had a crush while growing up. She feels she landed the job as a favour from him to her mother.

Lisa is from a family of privilege. Her mother's family was wealthy, and her father is a federal judge. Scott grew up poor, with an abusive, alcoholic father. Mrs. Grant liked Scott and gave him a job as a farm hand. He was always attracted to Lisa, but felt she was out of his reach. Scott was determined to work hard and make something of himself.

While reviewing cold cases for the Fayette County courthouse, Lisa is drawn to one past case - that of the Garcias, a family of four who disappeared over twenty eight years before, with no resolution. Lisa is surprised when she sees the attached photo of the family. Lisa looks just like the young mother and she also resembles the young toddler. Is this simply coincidence or could she be connected to this lost family?

Tragedy strikes at Grayson Springs and Lisa's life is thrown into turmoil. A series of accidents occur and Lisa feels a connection to the cold case. It appears that someone does not want her digging up the past and will stop at nothing to get their message across. Lisa finally confides in Scott and their relationship takes on new meaning. Working together they soon begin to unravel a web of lies and deceit involving those to whom Lisa is closest.

Shattered is Robards at her best, filled with twists and turns, and a sexy leading man. You will be turning the pages to a dramatic conclusion.

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