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The Vengeful Caller


The Vengeful Caller (A Palmchat Islands Mystery – 2) by Rachel Woods

During a girls’ night out, a beautiful island girl is stalked by an aggressive pursuer. After escaping the unwanted attention, she takes a nasty fall and ends up in the hospital. But, she doesn’t make it out alive.

The hospital claims it was an accidental morphine overdose. Journalist Vivian Thomas-Bronson thinks it might be cold-blooded murder.

As Vivian and Leo dig deeper, they discover that the island beauty had a shady past. She’d been receiving mysterious threatening phone calls and keeping dangerous secrets.

As Vivian and Leo search for the truth, they come across several suspects. But, Vivian has to be careful. She could be the next victim if she gets in the way of the killer’s vengeance.

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Praise for The Vengeful Caller

“This book is thrilling and sexy all at the same time.” Dale

“The author has crafted a story that twists and turns.” Kai

“This was an engaging page turner I couldn’t put down.” Karen

“Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance all in one book.” Teresa

Rachel Woods

About the Author

As a pre-teen, a young Rachel  quickly tired of the Sweet Valley High Series and moved on to work by Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Dominick Dunne, which was just the spark necessary to fuel her love of writing.

Her first stories were written on a Brother typewriter during long summer days in Texas, where she always had an extra typewriter ribbon and correction tape handy.

Rachel later studied journalism and graduated from the University of Houston where she published articles in the Daily Cougar. She is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for melodrama and a frequent traveler to beach locales. Many of her stories take place on the islands, which she has visited around the world.

Rachel writes complex, multicultural stories centered on strong women in jeopardy, fighting for love and their own lives.

When not writing, this read-a-holic can be found listening to audio books, reading the Book of Jeremiah, or scouring soap opera blogs. Rachel resides in Houston with her three sock monkeys.


My Review

4 stars

Husband and wife investigative journalists Leo and Vivian are back. Leo’s dad wants him to take over the newspaper but Leo has other plans. Vivian goes out on a girls night out which turns badly when one of the girls tries to escape a stalker and has a bad fall that leads bother Phoebe Wall and Vivian in the hospital. But Vivian overhears something that has her worrying about Phoebe. The next day she learns that Phoebe died of an accidental morphine overdoes. But with what she hears Vivian and Leo decide to look into Phoebe. What the couple finds is a shady past, several suspects and lots of guilt around.

I like Vivian and Leo, they work well together but the guilt of secrets didn’t make them as close as they could be. Beyond that, this is a great thriller that had me guessing. Just when I thought I might know the who and why of the killer I was thrown off. I was definitely on my ties with this one.

This is a great sequel to The Prodigal Captive. I quickly got into the story and couldn’t put the book down. It is a quick read that left me satisfied with the mystery yet wanting more of Vivian and Leo. I can’t wait to read more from Rachel Woods.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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