Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette, 2015. ISBN 9780733633294
(Age: 16+) Recommended. Romantic suspense. Murder. Cults. National Parks Ranger Erin Taylor is appalled when the body of a woman is discovered in the home of her colleague, Simon, the man to whom she is attracted. She is shocked to find out that the dead woman is Simon's wife, a wife that he has never mentioned and hasn't seen for fourteen years. She has belonged to the Community of Bliss, an alternative life-style group and Erin must use all her skills to learn about the group and its secrets and lies. Together with Simon, she races to uncover the truth and rescue the children who are facing danger from the charismatic leader of the group.
Although Parry has written other novels featuring the National Parks team, this can easily be read as a stand-alone and is exciting enough to ensure that other novels by her are picked up by the reader. The mysteries surrounding the backgrounds of both Erin and Simon are as diverting as the actual murder and the introduction of an evil cult makes for a compelling read.
Erin's bravery and her determination to help the members of the cult bring both her and Simon into danger and there are thrills galore and plenty of action as they work together to find the murderer and unravel the secrets that surround the Community of Bliss.
Bronwyn Parry brings to life the national parks and small towns of northern NSW, while serving up a most enjoyable romantic suspense novel. With its beguiling mix of Australian bush, appealing characters and light romance this is an enjoyable novel that will appeal to mystery lovers.