A Villain for Vanessa
(Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series
A story of tangled roots and tormented love.
Two families are shaken to their roots. Vanessa Westerlo must find her roots. Bobby Rizzo is torn between Vanessa and his true roots. They are all tormented by love – past and too present. Now a man has been murdered. And that is the most tormented tangle of all.
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with Romance.
She does it again in A Villain for Vanessa.
A Villain for Vanessa is Book 4 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in Riverton, New York. This book features the Kalli family and the fortunate people who find safety and welcome at the Kalli homestead on Riverton Road. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series and A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Vacancy at the Inn is Book 3 and introduces the Miller family of Riverton Road Hill.
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Reviewed by Phyllis E. Ring
The latter gains power like a train descending a mountain, surprising, sometimes even stunning, at each unforeseen turn. It makes for exciting reading. But it’s this author’s attention to the things I value most that makes her work most satisfying. The story resonates because of how it taps those depths of human emotion: the unrelenting ache of separation and estrangement, the animosity, deception, even destruction these can lead to — and the joy of reconciliation and reunion when we’re willing to see things differently. Orr plumbs these extremes in human tides, and what lies between them, while weaving inescapable suspense in an intricate plot.
Her characters breathe what’s real, often robustly candid, sometimes unflinching in its transparency. She also makes use of place — and buildings — as repositories of human experience, to convey deeper layers in her characters’ emotional story line. This brings with it a sense of home, and homecoming, that the heart can always recognize. It’s an appealing quality in her work.
I read romantic suspense more for the second word than the first, but Orr’s handling of the relationship that develops in this story delighted me, in part because of those emotional depths it reaches. Like others who are appreciating her novels, I’m grateful she’s writing in series, though this book suggests they also stand on their own just fine.