author, valerie clark scores a homerun with her novel,
tormented without a trace. this fast-paced,
suspenseful and gripping book keeps the reader glued with
the tale of natalie baylor and her twisted seduction by
the man who raped her as a child.
is a child of privilege - intelligent, beautiful, and rich
- everything a man could desire in a woman. and one man
has desired natalie since her childhood. a childhood he
ended with a violent rape.
later, natalie is a player on wall street. she is engaged
and has the job of her dreams. she has it all or does she?
on a routine business trip, she meets a man who wins her
sexually and romantically. who is this stranger?
we are in a world of violence, steamy sex where morality
and ethics end and abuse begins. will natalie break free
and claim her life and who is this man that has a strange
hold over her?
in tormented writes with a precision and clarity
that is seldom seen in new authors. she develops a simple
plot into one with twists and turns that keeps the reader
entranced. if this is her first novel, one can only await
without a trace is a must read for anyone who loves
romance, sex, suspense, and mystery. bravo valerie clark.
without a trace is the story of high profile wall
street investment banker natalie baylor who is on a fast
track to disaster. a victim most of her life, she makes
personal decisions that lead to disaster and appears unable
to differentiate love from pain and abuse. jeremy dalton
has all the makings of one of romance's greatest villains.
perhaps one of the best characters in the book is peter,
natalie's boss. this is a book with something for everyone,
romance, passion, greed, and coming to grips with reality.
clark, a author uses good characterization, pacing,
and symbolism to tell a gripping story which reads very
rapidly. it is one of those books that you don't want to
start late at night, because you'll never get any sleep
until it's finished. hopefully we can expect more great
works from clark. we scored this book four hearts."
i was cruising through a web listing for a publishing association,
i came across a link for tigress entertainment. that caught
my eye, so i clicked the link and was transported to the
tigress entertainment web site. what i found there was a
novel being promoted. this novel was written by the founder
of tigress entertainment, valerie clark. this is a novel
of obsession and sexual deviance. the title of the novel
is tormented without a trace. i decided that
this novel might well be worth checking out. i wasn�t disappointed.
book opens up with us meeting natalie. she is a teenager,
having some ice cream at a local store. after she leaves
the store, natalie is brutally raped and left for dead.
forward to the present time. natalie is a rising star in
a wall street firm. she is on top of her game, or so she
thinks. her boss, peter, wants natalie to go to france to
help broker a deal with one of the firm�s clients. natalie
doesn�t want to go as she will be getting married in a few
weeks and still needed to do things for the wedding.
we find out about natalie is that this is a marriage of
convenience. her fianc�, david, is a member of her father�s
law firm. daddy helped pick david out for his little girl.
only now natalie isn�t so sure that this is the right thing
to do. especially as david is so self absorbed and on power
trips. even during sex he is in control and spends himself
on the outside of natalie�s body as an example of his power
over her. with this kind of graphic reference we get to
see what the tone of this book is going to be.
meets a man named jeremy dalton at the airport. they end
up sitting together on the plane. it is a very welcome surprise
when natalie finds jeremy at the home of her client. the
two of them end up getting together and have some wild sex.
natalie gets back to new york, the wheels come off. it seems
that her perfect deal is in the toilet and jeremy seems
to be behind it. he is becoming obsessive over natalie.
he even offers up vague threats to her. natalie is both
scared and turned on by these threats. our girl natalie
is one sick puppy and needs therapy, quick. the story seesaws
back and forth between natalie wanting to be with jeremy,
the deal she needs to broker for her firm and the impending
marriage to david.
and david end up getting married. and then david is murdered.
all things point to jeremy as the killer. the police arrest
him and he is put on trial.
i was reading this book, i couldn�t help but feel really
uneasy. how could a woman let herself be so drawn into a
destructive relationship that includes terror and murder?
was natalie so messed up from her teenaged rape and her
family�s indifference that she was all too eager to jump
off the deep end?
without a trace reminded me of a mixture of the
storylines of films like fatal attraction and endless
love. this novel shows just how far obsessive love and
passion can go. this is not a mystery novel, nor is it a
romance. it is a study in the way that obsession can destroy
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