Occasionally, I need to get my thriller fix, so imagine my glee when CLEAN BREAK landed in my mailbox. I grabbed it and headed to the back porch with some iced tea and my puppy where I found some shade. (You don’t expect me to read a thriller all alone in the dark, do you?)
Anyway, I was immediately pulled in–Klein plops the reader in the middle of the action — Celeste and her 10 year-old son Spencer are moving out of their house before Adam, their husband and father, is released from a gambling rehab program. Right there you have conflict, suspense and sympathy. Nice. But, it doesn’t stop there . . .
Lured by the hope of a better life for herself and her son, Celeste Vanek must
deal with the emotional and physical resistance of her compulsive gambler
husband when she asks for a divorce. Though she hopes she is on the verge of
making a clean break, her husband demands his family back, and things get
violent. Jake Atwood, who witnesses the shocking scene between Celeste and her
husband, struggles with his own emotional and ethical issues while attempting to
help Celeste escape her marriage. At the same time, Jake is involved with Sara, a
married and childless police detective who has a private agenda to pursue when a
crime is committed that links all of these characters together and changes their
lives forever. With heart-pounding suspense and brilliant psychological insight,
CLEAN BREAK will leave readers breathless.
Klein’s characters ring true–flaws, warts and all– and you’ll find yourself thinking about them long after you’ve turned the last page. This is just out in paperback–perfect for the beach, your vacation, or just a chair in your backyard sipping some iced tea.