Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.
Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance of Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he’s afraid Riley’s appearance on the island may lead his family’s mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father. Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are irrevocably connected, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
A Familiar Fear is about an Ex-FBI agent, who left the agency to salvage what is left of her and her son's lives after so much was sacrificed in performing her duties there. Now, not yet forty, she is a widow and feels estrange from her only child - a son. Both her and her son need time together to heal from the tragedies of the past two years.
While going to Agate Island, where she will begin her new job, she spotted the man of her nightmares on the ferry. She must be hallucinating! She know he is dead!
Her very angry son makes a new friend - the only friend he now has - on the ferry trip to his new home. When meeting the girl's father, she "freaks out" and refuses for him to further pursue his friendship with her. The son rebels.
With the ensuing problems, Riley Scott (ex-FBI) and Matthew Taggart (girl's dad) discovers, among those they thought they could trust, there was at least one "mole". They must put aside their own issues toward each other to seek safety for their children. They must then learn to trust each other if the were to ever again to enjoy a life with their son and daughter.
There were many adventures and unexpected "twists" in a race against time to save those most precious to them. The reader will be anxiously turning pages until the very end of the book.
The characters are defined so well, the reader feels he/she is in the story with the other characters. The events feel so real, the whole novel feels like reality for that shot span of time!
The book cover is creative but very simple. It would not attract the "browser's" attention. The Title fits the story content very well.
The only real negative I have about the book is parts of it felt slightly repetitive. There are some graphically violent scenes.
This earns a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Kathi Oram Peterson was born in a small town in Idaho. Since childhood she has loved reading and writing stories. After raising her family, she put her writing on hold to earn a BA in English and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. She writes romantic suspense and young adult.