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Haunted By The Past (Friends In Crisis #1)

March 5, 2020

This story will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who is behind all the harassment poor Bella Carismo is facing. Bella just want to leave the past in the past and get on with her future, the future of her business and her life. But someone is not letting her find the peace and happiness she craves.


There are many twists and turns along the read that will keep you interested and enjoying every word. I found the ending a little different but as the author is planning another book in this series I am guessing some of my questions, I have maybe included in the next book.


Marco Petrazini is a senior detective on a murder case when he meets a woman that takes his interests. With his busy job, he never gets too involved with the woman in his life, and definitely not someone involved in his case. He has to ignore the attraction and do his job, but the more involved he becomes, in this case, the more he knows one thing. He must protect Bella at all costs.


When the danger becomes not just about her, Bella becomes concerned about her friend’s safety as well. But when Marco is around, she always feels safe.


This is a great read that will develop at a good pace and will have you trying to guess who the stalker is. I did not get it right, so the ending was a complete surprise to me. I love that in a suspense read. I received an ARC copy of this book it which I have written my honest and voluntary review. This is my second read by Lucy Appadoo in the last few weeks, and I look forward to reading more in the future.




It begins with a message.


Twenty-seven year-old Bella Carismo is only looking to help people. Working as a psychologist in her hometown of Williamstown, she wants to expand her private counselling practice.


But those plans come to a screeching halt when she receives the first message. It comes from a person Bella doesn’t know, but who is extremely interested in her. Soon she’s bombarded with more emails and text messages that quickly escalate to vandalism and a physical attack on her life.


With the harassment steadily increasing, Bella crosses paths with Marco Petrazini, a senior detective who might be able to help her stop the stalker.


But Bella isn’t the only one facing attacks. When a girl from Bella’s past is murdered, Bella and Marco work together to solve the crimes, while trying to navigate their growing attraction to each other. As they fall deeper into uncovering the truth, they realise it could be more than either of them is willing to face.


Despite how they feel about each other, with Marco on Bella’s case, their budding romance is strictly forbidden. And every day that passes is one where the stakes are higher and the stalker grows bolder, resulting in a tragedy that shatters Bella’s world.


With more people turning up dead, her closest friends becoming targets, and the suspects piling up, Bella and Marco soon find that their lives, and the lives of those around them, are in serious danger.


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