By Elise Cooper | September 22, 2021
Right behind her
Bree Taggert, volume 4
September 14e, 2021
Right behind her by Melinda Leigh is an engaging read, as are her other books. Readers get likable heroes and monstrous villains along with a plot that will turn the pages.
Sheriff Bree Taggert agrees to visit his childhood home with his brother Adam. She must face memories of her childhood which include the cruelty of her father, being attacked by his dogs, the night her father murdered her mother and then committed suicide.
There is therapy in this story. âBree realizes that she has to overcome her fear of dogs. She realizes that dogs are great companions and know when they are needed. Brody, the retired German Shepherd’s police dog is a hero in this story. The proverb that runs on a leash applies to every dog ââin history.
âI also wanted to show how painting therapy helps. Bree’s brother, Adam, found solace in the painting. He was born into a family filled with grief, anger and abuse. Like Bree, he carried this burden into adulthood. Darkness always filled his job. The quote from the book, âDark reds, bold blues and stormy grays dominated the canvas. Bree saw the sadness, anger, and lack of control in the rowdy brushstrokes. But in one corner, a light blue ray with just a hint of pale yellow shadow pierced the darknessâ¦ Although it was only a tiny part of the overall work, the smallest burst of brightness attracted and caught the eye. It was a spark of hope on the verge of overwhelming despairâ¦ that little ribbon of light drew her in. ‘ “
What she didn’t expect to find were human bones on the grounds of the abandoned family farm. They seem to have been cruelly murdered thirty years ago. She wonders if her father, who killed himself as well as her mother while she was in hiding, her brother and sister, is the culprit. Suspects begin to pile up, including someone who kidnaps her niece to warn her against further investigation. The assistant is Matt Flynn, the police investigator, who also helps Bree realize that she wants a relationship with him. She begins to feel the need for family and begins to tear down the wall she has built to protect herself.
âI wrote the relationship down as being just a friendship at first, but they had a connection. Her story affects her feelings until she allows herself to lean on Matt a bit. She learns that she does. doesn’t have to exist on her own. Even though she is there for others, to support them, there is a back and forth in relationships and she sees it. Bree finally learns not to be lonely and lets Matt to support her.
This story will captivate readers with great emotion and suspense, including asking who committed the crime.