My husband and I went up to a cabin a earlier this year, and “Heartbreaker” by Julie Garwood was one of the books I found in said cabin. What a godsend! I’d brought my Kindle, but was thrilled to find a paperback that could keep me entertained on the boat while husband fished.
And wow, did “Heartbreaker” keep me entertained. For at least two days straight, I couldn’t put it down. That’s saying a lot, considering I was surrounded by sunshine, a beautiful lake and plenty of hiking trails.
The book shares the story of an obsessive serial killer who is out to make Laurant his next victim. The story starts out in a big way when the killer goes to confession, before he commits the crime, to share his plot to end Laurant’s life. The confession itself is bone-chilling, made even more intense by the fact that the confession is heard by none other than Laurant’s older brother, who happens to be a priest.
Laurant’s brother quickly calls in Nick, an FBI agent and his best friend, to protect his sister. As Garwood slowly peels back layers of the book, the reader is not only treated to an excellent suspense story, but also to a beautiful love story between Laurant and Nick. As Nick attempts to keep Laurant safe, he realizes that she’s not just his best friend’s kid sister — there’s something else there, as well.
That attraction didn’t happen for Nick immediately, though. In fact, Nick doesn’t begin to realize that he’s attracted to the beautiful heroine until chapter 6. Initially, Nick greets Laurant with a brotherly embrace and later compares her to his own sister. By page 82, though, he’s begun to joke about sharing a bed with Laurant, which leads to other thoughts.
In the meantime, Laurant has devised a plan to convince the serial killer that she’s in love with Nick. The plan, she hopes, will enrage the killer and force him to make a mistake. In the meantime, though, she must attempt to keep from falling in love with Nick for real.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a fantastic suspense without a plot twist at the end. The one in this book will surprise you. In addition, there are two batty old ladies who live next door to Laurant who are thoroughly entertaining. I wish there was a story about the lives of those women.
When it comes down to it, I really enjoyed the suspense and intrigue of this book. I felt that it was a bit too detailed in some respects, which made it a little cumbersome from time to time, but the actual story was fantastic. It’s a longer book — 520 pages — and it’s only the second Garwood I’ve read. I look forward to reading more and definitely recommend this one.