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Voodoo on Bayou LaFonte
by Susan C. Muller
A frantic phone call leads Detective Remy Steinberg racing through the night toward the one place he vowed never to return. With the life of his kidnapped daughter at stake, he willingly faces shotgun-wielding drug dealers, corrupt law-enforcement officials, and a raging hurricane.
Scouring the seedy back alleys of New Orleans for information, he goes undercover at a sinister voodoo ceremony, and struggles to understand the forces of black magic that hold his daughter hostage.
With time ticking down, he battles for his life against a high voodoo priest, but can he face the two things he fears most: the swamp that terrorized his childhood, and the ex-wife he’s never stopped loving?
Remy gritted his teeth and turned off his flashing light bar as he crossed the state line. His badge might carry some weight in Texas, but not in Louisiana. Those guys resented against everything from Texas except the money that rolled in.
Well, too bad. He felt the same about their whole state. Had since the day his mother dragged the family there from New Jersey.
He understood, forgave her even. When his father died, she needed someplace that felt like home. Only it never felt like home to him. In fact, it felt more like purgatory. And he got out of there as fast as he could.
Unfortunately, that meant dragging Gabrielle and Adrienne to Texas with him. And Gabby had refused to do that. She’d given him an ultimatum. Come back or get a divorce. Well, he’d never much liked ultimatums. And he sure didn’t plan to ever live in that state again.
He’d gone to Texas in search of work, sure that if Gabby loved him enough, she’d follow. Only she hadn’t, and he’d refused to give up a good job and return to a hand-to-mouth existence, sponging off of family, and feeling like a failure because he couldn’t support his new baby and his wife.
The same wife who hadn’t loved him enough to come with him.
His hands tightened on the wheel until his fingers went numb. Would things have been different if he hadn’t been so bullheaded? Was Adrienne paying the price for his stubbornness?
He could beat himself up later for rash decisions. All that mattered now was his daughter’s safety.
And every minute that passed, the knot in his gut grew.
He stopped for gas, a quick burger, and to study the map. Nothing had changed. A few more fast-food joints, a few more casinos. But the swamp was still only feet off the road in places.
Another hour of driving, and he turned off the interstate, into bayou country. The lights fell away and he was left with only his headlights poking a hole in the darkness. Even the air felt heavy, like the weight on his shoulders.
How he hated this place. And now it had taken his daughter.
I have to admit that I’m scared of voodoo. I jumped the first time I saw the movie The Princess and the Frog. It’s a Disney movie, too. I mean, scared out of my mind. So when I finished this book, I knew for sure that I would never do the following things:
1. Go to a Louisiana swamp, day or night.
2. Mess with anything voodoo and yes, I’m a believer.
3. If I’m ever down in southeast Texas where my husband is from…get the heck out of Dodge even if it rains. Hurricanes scare me, too. I’ll take my tornadoes any day of the week.
Voodoo on Bayou Lafonte was truly the most atmospheric book that I’ve read in a long time. It had the creepiness factor hands down but the swamp was a character all its own. Its like it breathed and its long fingers were constantly trying to pull me in but I wouldn’t let it. Nope I sure didn’t. I truly was terrified most of the time while reading.
I’m not going to go into a plot synopsis but I will have to say between the hurricane, drug lords and voodoo, this book had a lot going for it on the suspense/thriller elements. But what truly drew me into the book was Remy and Gaby’s relationship from the past to their future. Talk about some stubborn people. Love the reunited lovers trope especially when it deals with a missing child. On the run, trying not to kill the other person and feeling the love that they both had for Adrienne…makes for a great story for Harlie.
I realize that I jumped into the series during book #3 but I never felt like I missing something. Well, maybe a bit more about the Houston police department but I will fix that and read the other books. There is plenty of action/adventure and even twists and turns to give you whiplash but in the end, I can’t wait to dive into what else Ms. Muller has to offer me through her writing. Its taunt, suspenseful, thought provoking and there is the OMG factor as well.
*as most know, Romantic suspense is my favorite genre* 🙂 did I mention that there is a baby involved, too? Nope…read the book and find out. *cackles*
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Susan C. Muller is a fourth generation Texan. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Business Administration. She started her first novel at age eleven, but it wasn’t until after she had worked many years and raised a family that she returned to her first love, writing. She is a member of Northwest Houston RWA, Kiss of Death online RWA, and The Houston Writers Guild. Her novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, has won several awards.
Susan and her husband, Sid, live in Spring, Texas with their rescue dog, Buster, a 120 pound black lab of advanced age. They have two children and four grandchildren. They love to travel and have been fortunate to see much of the world. Her favorite places include Kenya, New Zealand, and the Galapagos Islands. When not writing, she can be found doing volunteer work at a local hospital. She loves to read, travel, snorkel and take long walks.
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