Picks and Pans Review: An Accidental Woman
In the 14 years since she arrived in Lake Henry, N.H., Heather Malone has established a reputation as a devoted friend, nurturing caregiver, gifted businesswoman and loving partner to the man who runs the town's maple sugaring operation. Things get really sticky for her, though, when FBI agents appear and lead her away in handcuffs, claiming she is a fugitive murderer who fled a California hit-and-run 15 years earlier.
In an ignore-the-past-at-your-peril tale that revisits the setting of Delinsky's 1999 novel Lake News, brisk action almost makes up for thin characters: Poppy is tormented by a past that never seems torment-worthy; her boyfriend Griffin is too handsome, kind and rich to be true. The twisty plot and icy late-winter backdrop, though, will keep you chilling on a hot afternoon. (Simon & Schuster, $25)
Bottom Line: Sweet but not sappy