Book Review: A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr

A Villain for Vanessa
(Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series
Book 4)

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.

About the Author

“Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a number one best seller in her pocket,” says one Amazon reviewer. Alice loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. She’s been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. So far she’s published fifteen novels, three novellas and a memoir – both traditionally and independently. Alice wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells, as a gift to the writers’ community. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” And calls her novels, “Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story.” Most of all, Alice is thrilled to hear from readers. Visit her Alice Orr Books website. Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
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Amazon Customer Review

5 stars  Gripping — and unforgettable

Reviewed by Phyllis E. Ring

Alice Orr has a deft hand for every necessary element of fiction. She nails the breath-stopping pace of tightly written suspense, wields the kind of tension, shifts, and twists that don’t let you look away. In the case of A Villain for Vanessa, I was gripped before I was off the first page. That’s a writers’ big gift at work, both for the reader and the story.

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.

One thought on “Book Review: A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr

  1. Dear Chelle. I just came across your publication of this review for my latest novel, A Villain for Vanessa. Thank you so much for spreading the word for me by posting this generous review. Like all authors, I’m always looking for new readers. I appreciate your help with that. Exposure at online venues like your very helpful site makes us visible to a broad potential audience. What more could an author ask for than that? Blessings. Alice Orr

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