It sort of reaches out and grabs your attention from the first sentence. I wish I hadn't read the comments on the cover of the book. To me, they give away too much. So I'm trying to figure out a good way to give you a hint of the plot without too much info. I really like to find my way into a story without too many hints.The Daughter (1998) by Jasmine Cresswell is a murder mystery and unbeknownst to me at the time, a romance. It starts out with a bang...hits the ground running: "Maggie Slade realized three things simultaneously: Cobra was drunk, he was angry, and he was going to rape her."
I'll tell you this. Maggie is accused of a crime she didn't commit. The only way to keep from doing a very long time in prison, it to figure out who really did it. But nobody believes her and nobody wants to help her. She's on her own.
The book is really well-written and I was taken along for the ride. My ONLY complaint is this: it sucks as a romance. The romance bit was gratuitous and it ruined an otherwise great mystery/crime novel. The romance, as written, would NOT have happened. No way, no how. It is totally illogical and I didn't buy it for a second. So those portions of the book just made me mad. Not mad enough to quit reading. The rest of it was pretty darn good diversion.
My mom passed the book on to me. Due to the fact that Jasmine Cresswell is primarily known for being a romance novelist, I probably won't go out of my way to seek out more of her work. Unless she could convince me of some of her titles that left out the romance. Her work would stand on its own without it. Tell me romance for the sake of romance isn't really what women want? Are we that simple?? The romance has to at least be PLAUSIBLE, doesn't it???