Thursday, August 2, 2018

Shattered Silence (Echo Falls, #3) by Marta Perry ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

A woman on the run seeks sanctuary in a peaceful Pennsylvania Dutch community—and finds a protector in the most unlikely of men…

One moment Rachel Hartline is secure in her career and community. The next, she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time—watching her ex-husband commit a crime that puts her in unfathomable danger. Fear and hurt send her home to an Amish farm and the family she’s always trusted. But a private investigator is close behind—and he may be a threat to her in more ways than one…

Cold, calculating Clint Mordan isn’t convinced Rachel is as innocent in her ex-husband’s schemes as she claims, but when her ex’s enemies target Rachel, Clint is driven to keep her safe. Maybe the terror in her beautiful eyes and the target on her back aren’t an act. But as his feelings toward her deepen, Clint realizes he’s the only one who can keep Rachel alive in a game where only the killer knows the stakes.

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They reached the quiet suburban street she lived on, and Rachel pulled into the driveway leading to the garage. Leaving her car outside, she got out quickly. She headed for the front door, a set of keys in her hand, and she pointedly didn’t glance his way.

Ignoring him wasn’t going to help her now.

Clint parked at the curb and followed her up the walk while assessing the house she and her ex-husband owned. A small Craftsman-style bungalow, it was undoubtedly one of the older houses on the block, but it was also in immaculate condition—freshly painted, the planters overflowing with mums in bright oranges and yellows. Nice place, making him wonder how she could afford it on a teacher’s salary. But maybe Hartline was still paying his share.

He overtook Rachel before she reached the door. “We haven’t had our little talk yet,” he reminded her. She stiffened, then spun and flung an annoyed glance at him. “We can have as many little talks as you want, since you seem prepared to make a nuisance of yourself to get them. But I still can’t tell you what I don’t know.”

The last sentence came out loudly, and he glanced toward the next-door neighbor, who’d stopped clipping his hedge to stare at them. Best not to give the man any excuse to interfere.

“Sorry,” he said, not meaning it. “But the situation is too serious to wait.”

Rachel met his gaze briefly and then looked away. He thought he read resignation in the movement. “I suppose you’d better come in.”

Success, it seemed. She fumbled with the key as if her fingers were cold, and he moved closer to her, just in case she had any idea of bolting inside and slamming the door in his face.

She finally got the key to turn. “I didn’t…”

The words cut off, and he followed her shocked stare toward the inside of the house. The door opened directly onto what had probably been a neat, pleasant room, judging by what he’d seen of the outside.

Not now. It had been tossed, and by someone who hadn’t bothered trying to hide his actions.

“No.” The anguish in the word was as acute as if she’d been attacked herself. She started in, but Clint grasped her arm.

“Wait. Someone might still be there. Call the police first.” He suspected bringing the police in might not sit well with James Attwood, but Clint was still too much of a cop to do anything else.

Rachel shook his hand off, her green eyes stormy. “You—you probably did this yourself.”

“I didn’t.” He hung on to whatever patience he possessed. “If I had, would I be telling you to call the police?”

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  1. The cover is a big draw for me to this book :)

  2. I like that it features an outsider seeking refuge in the Amish community.

  3. It sounds very interesting! I also like the cover!

  4. The cover is the biggest draw for me. Marta Perry is on my list of new-to-me authors. Thanks for the chance to win! I saw this post in the Friday, Aug. 03, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader.

  5. I'm curious about that crime her ex committed.