Midnight Exposure

Melinda Leigh
Midnight Exposure
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
August 2012
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn't need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her and find a cunning killer.

Book Review by Steffi (reviewer)
Aug 27, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
171 people found the following review helpful
The first in a thrilling suspense series by Melinda Leigh, MIDNIGHT EXPOSURE tells the story of photographer Jayne, retired detective and sculptor Reed, and a small town in Maine, where your friendly neighbor could be the serial killer responsible for the abduction of two young boys.

Jayne needs money to help her family. Her brothers run the family bar but one of them, after returning from the Middle East, has severe PTSD, is physically injured and the hospital bills are piling up. Jayne's assignment is to get a photograph of the reclusive sculptor, Reed Kimball, for a tabloid magazine. What Jayne really loves is nature photography, but in Huntsville, she takes one photo too many, a photo that someone cannot risk to have published.

With every book I read by Melinda Leigh, I'm repeatedly amazed by her ability to create atmosphere and tension. From the first page, there is excitement in the way she writes, a special kind of atmosphere which brings the story to life and also makes the suspense storyline engaging and gripping.

One of the aspects I enjoyed most about MIDNIGHT EXPOSURE is the small-town setting in Huntsville, Maine. As we get to know the characters and citizens of Huntsville better, we also understand that the killer might be one of them. The connection to all the characters and their own individual stories make the idea of a killer in their midst even more thrilling but also shocking and personal. These are no random killings, though. Ms. Leigh knows to spin an incredible backstory to the killer's reasoning and I loved every single bit of it.

While the suspense was excellent, I wished for a bit more as the romance between Reed and Jayne progressed. The chemistry between the couple should have been stronger to balance out the well thought out suspense. This was a minor issue for me, though, that it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

I highly recommend MIDNIGHT EXPOSURE to fans of romantic suspense and those who like a challenge with their books. It's the start of a brilliant series with a very interesting ending, an ingenious mystery plot and a nice romance. The story continues in Midnight Sacrifice with Jayne's little brother, Danny. The series has to be read in order for it to be enjoyed properly.
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