Series: The Ash Trilogy #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books on February 28, 2012
Also in this series: If You See Her
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
A Shadow in the Window…
Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. Come hell or high water, she intends to find her cousin’s killer. She returns to Ash, Kentucky, for answers. What she doesn’t expect is to ache with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when a murderer still roams free?
Unknown to Nia, as she quietly slips into Law Reilly’s home, is that she’s being watched—by someone who is waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever. If she’s not frightened, she soon will be. Nia has made a vow to find her cousin’s killer. She should be careful what she wishes for.
If You Know Her is the suspenseful conclusion of Shiloh Walker’s Ash Trilogy. I would strongly suggest that you read the series in order because each book does build upon the previous one, with the mystery finally solved in this book. Each book features a romance of two of the characters and weaves clues and scenes of the serial killer into the story.
We were introduced to Law Reilly in If You Hear Her and since then I couldn’t wait to read his romantic story. Nia Hollister is the cousin of a victim of the serial killer and is tormented by her cousin’s murder. Even though her cousin’s murder has been solved, she returns to Ash to dig a bit deeper. But is she digging more into the murder or the sexy guy (Law)she thinks could be connected with the murder?
It took me a bit to warm up to Nia. At first her inability to move forward after her cousin’s death was annoying for me, as I tend to dislike that in a personality. But it really wasn’t an ability to move forward, but more a desire to seek and discover the truth about the murder that was her motivator and after I recognized that I was able to accept her as a suitable heroine for my favorite guy Law and enjoy her character. She is feisty and more than a match for Law.
Law has been one of my favorite characters from the series beginning. His disdain for everyone around him except for those he truly cares deeply about was amusing and refreshing. His wit often had me chucking out loud at times, not to mention the super hot scenes between him and Nia. I’m glad that their romance wasn’t typical, as these two unique characters truly deserved their own story!
Interwoven with Nia and Law’s love story is the resolution of the serial killer that is stalking the women of Ash. What I found intriguing were the snapshots into the serial killer’s life within Ash and the suspense that that created in the book. You know he is just hovering there on the edges and that the main characters are walking right next to him at times.
The book’s pacing was solid from start to finish, but the second half of the book really ramps up both the suspense and action. Once you get to this point you will not want to put the book down, as you know you are getting so close to having the mystery solved. Overall, If You Know Her is an exciting end to a wonderful series.
Special thanks to Shiloh Walker for supplying an early review copy for the tour and The Book Vixen for coordinating the tour. It has been a blast and I an thankful for being able to participate! Check out the other tour stops to see what the other hosts thought:
2/20 – The Book Vixen
2/21 – Under the Covers
2/23 – Urban Girl Reader
2/24 – Books-n-Kisses