My Thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥♥ I quite liked this story. It is a mystery that is somewhat straight forward, but it still held my interest throughout the book. The burgeoning relationship between the main characters was believable but slow and not explored in detail, but that didn’t bother me at all. It was realistic and I wanted them both to be happy with their new relationship.
Past hurts and guilt were softened by the end of the story and I have to believe that there will truly be a life long, very happy relationship for both of them. I can see that the Arlington family may be a problem, but fortunately that was left unsaid.
Twenty years ago, little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family’s Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story—much more. When the Arlingtons’ patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can’t say no. It’s the story of a lifetime.
But not everyone is happy about Griff’s presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons’ attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff’s motives.
When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it’s hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a groundbreaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret…