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torn by eden book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Torn, the fourth book in the LOST Series written by Cynthia Eden, is equal parts romance and twisted suspense. Most definitely a solid follow up to Shattered, book three in the LOST Series.

Victoria Palmer is a forensic anthropologist – one of the best – and has always been much better with the dead than the living. Because of her traumatic upbringing, she doesn’t let anyone close to her. Instead, she holds everyone at arm’s length…until she is assigned to partner up with ex-cop, Wade.

Wade Monroe, one of the oldest members of the LOST team, has had it bad for Victoria for a while. However, her standoffishness towards him, and the rest of the team, has made it clear that she isn’t looking for a relationship of any sort.

When the case they are working on leads them to Savannah, Georgia – the stomping grounds of a demented kidnapper/murderer – he soon realizes that there is more to Victoria than anyone realized…and that is what makes her the murderer’s next target.

Will Wade be able to break through Victoria’s walls? Or will the target on her back prove too much for the both of them to handle?

Even though I didn’t read the first two books in this series, I did read the third, and my enjoyment of that book is what made me excited to read this one. I must say, while this book wasn’t as good as the third one, it was pretty good!

The two main characters (and the ‘couple’ that this story revolves around), Victoria and Wade, are both great characters with backgrounds that make them perfect for the LOST team. They have great qualities and not-so-great qualities, which is what makes these characters true to life and somewhat relatable.

Although I enjoyed watching the love grow between these two characters, the suspense/mystery plotline of the book was quite predictable. I figured out what happened (and ‘whodunit’) way too quickly for my liking, which is why this book wasn’t near as good as the previous one. However, like I previously said, I did enjoy watching the love story progress between the two main characters despite their difficult pasts.

All in all, I’m glad I read the book, and I am looking forward to the fifth book in the LOST Series.

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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. 

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Avon Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.