Nicole Sullivan is a television reporter with the tabloid news
program "Twenty-Four Hours Investigates." Looking for the big break
that will give her career a much-needed boost --- and perhaps land
her a job with a national morning show --- she returns home to
Pawleys Island in search of a story.
This sunny, idyllic community, located off the coast of Charleston,
South Carolina, only has one unsolved murder in its past. Fifteen
years ago, teenager Tara Mitchell was stabbed to death and two of
her friends vanished without a trace. It's said that the ghosts of
the three girls haunt the old plantation where the crime occurred.
Nicole arranges for her mother, a renowned psychic, to conduct a
séance in the house to be broadcast live on "Twenty-Four Hours
Investigates." Even if her mother can't make contact with the girls
and glean information that might lead to solving the case, Nicole
knows that the séance will still make for great TV. But she
gets much more than she bargained for.
When Nicole's colleague is murdered on the night of the
séance, in the same manner as Tara Mitchell, it seems a
long-dormant killer may have resurfaced. Nicole also is attacked
that night but is saved by the timely intervention of police chief
Joe Franconi. Despite evidence that the killer is intent on
finishing what he started, Nicole insists on remaining on Pawleys
Island to cover the story for "Twenty-Four Hours Investigates." She
also finds herself drawn to Joe, whose murky past later comes into
play. As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship.
Karen Robards neatly ties together the threads from the past and
the present, with an extra twist or two thrown in for good
There are a few things you're certain to find between the covers of
a Karen Robards novel: a feisty heroine, a sexy leading man, a
strong cast of secondary characters, and a pulse-pounding
storyline. Add a sultry Southern setting and a few ghosts, and you
get SUPERSTITION --- the perfect read for a summer afternoon.
Reviewed by Shannon McKenna on January 23, 2011