50 Books: Sleepwalker by Karen Robards

Karen Robards’ latest novel Sleepwalker starts with a bang and continues racing until the very end.

Micayla “Mick” Lange watched her mother die when she was 11 years old and has suffered from sleepwalking ever since. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve when she’s all grown up and the sleepwalking turns into a serious problem. While house sitting for her “uncle” Nicco, she finds herself awake and alone on the first floor after a sleepwalking incident. While getting her bearings, she hears strange noises. Shifting into her cop persona, she discovers that Uncle Nicco is being robbed.

She confronts the two thieves, finding them with suitcases of money, and incriminating pictures of Uncle Nicco committing a local crime. Faced with the reality that Uncle Nicco isn’t the pleasant businessman she thought and is probably the crime boss he’s rumored to be, Mick realizes she isn’t safe.

As Uncle Nicco’s security team slips in, Mick reluctantly aligns herself with the thieves and lets herself be dragged into a roaring snowstorm on a frigidly cold Michigan New Year’s Eve. The two thieves get separated, leaving her alone with Jason Davis. The handsome, enigmatic thief makes it hard to remember that she’s a cop.

I was pondering the sanity of continuing to read this novel when I was confronted with one of the characters saying, “true that.” Sorry, but that kind of slang is dated and doesn’t belong in a novel. I’m glad I got past my distaste and continued reading though. I’ll forgive Robards for that slip of trying to be cool!

I don’t know how she does it, but Robard’s male characters are always hot and worthy of the loyalty they earn from the female protagonist. The protagonist is always gorgeous, but not perfect, which makes her likable.

Sitting here in freezing Illinois, the descriptions of the winter-weather flight from their pursuers was uncomfortable. I swear my clothes felt snow-damp and frozen as I was reading. I guess that shows what a great writer Robards is, though.

If you like romantic suspense, this is a book for you!

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