Freshly recovered from her adventures in Oregon wine country (An Unholy Alliance, Book 1) Emma Golden is contacted by her old friend Melody Wyatt to help Melody find her missing sister Aurora. Known as “the Bolter”, 50-year-old Aurora has burned her way through so many husbands and lovers everyone has lost count. Then, on an internet dating site, Aurora meets Mr. Right. She can’t wait to move with him to the southern Oregon coast where, after a few short weeks, she drops out of sight. Emma and Melody head south to find her, and what starts out as a five-day girls’ adventure quickly morphs into a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, murder, and even romance.
(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Suspense-Thriller
Series: Emma Golden Mysteries #2
Published: November 22, 2013
Format: Paperback, 233 pages
“February is the cruelest month in western Oregon.”
The first thing I want my readers to know is The Difficult Sister is definitely a stand-alone story. Consideration of its place in a series is unnecessary when choosing to read this book. I have not read the first in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Difficult Sister.
Judy Nedry is masterful in setting the scene and developing her characters. I immediately connected with both Emma Golden and Melody Wyatt. Friends on one level, and irritants one to the other on another. Isn’t that what best friends do to each other?
And just when I felt certain the “difficult sister” was about to materialize, Nedry made sure I understood she was in charge of the search for Aurora, Melody’s missing sister, and not the reader. Her ability to keep the suspense at the page turn and chapter end is amazing.
Her writing keeps the reader engaged at every level. I actually began to feel a part of this twosome in search of the “difficult sister.” Knowing the area, because I live in Oregon, offered me the opportunity to paint images in my head of places where Emma and Melody went out and trekked around. At some point, I wanted to join forces and help find Aurora.
At this point, I realized this was not a fun-and-games search. Evil lurks in the woods where Aurora’s last known boyfriend lives, and he bears nothing but animosity for those trespassing on his property. Once the mud started sucking Emma’s feet down and under, I decided I was better off in my comfy chair with my cocoa in one hand and the cat in my lap.
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of The Difficult Sister. Once started, I found I could not put this book down.
If you love mystery and suspense, a bit of humor, a touch of romance, and delightful yet sassy characters, pick up a copy of Judy Nedry’s The Difficult Sister. You will not be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Difficult Sister from the author in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.