Loose Ends by Caroline Taylor
“Before you open Loose Ends, grip your hat firmly. Caroline Taylor expertly weaves multiple plot threads into a roller-coaster reading ride, twisty as a Slinky and unpredictable as a hurricane’s path.”
—Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold Heart
“There’s nothing loose about Loose Ends. From the very first line, Caroline Taylor’s dark, zigzagging, and suspenseful narrative tightens the knot and doesn’t let up. You’ll want to devour it in one sitting.”
—Louis Bayard, author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye
“This book takes the sisters Cam and Carson through one disaster after another as they jump from the frying pan into the fire and back again. Whether fleeing criminals or the police, these two never run out of ingenious, if dangerous, escape plans. Taylor’s few-notches-above-suspense plot keeps raising the bar with every chapter. Will they survive?”
—Judy Hogan, author of the Penny Weaver mysteries and founding editor of Carolina Wren Press (now Blair)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the midst of Bicentennial celebrations, Carson Mahoney narrowly escapes a home invasion that reduces her house to rubble. In a West Virginia commune, her sister Cam kills the commune leader. Now both sisters must flee. Already a suspect in her secretive husband’s murder, Carson fears the police will suspect her of arson and put her in jail. It happened before, back when the two sisters were teenagers, imprisoned in a foreign country. It cannot happen again.
But running away is also not an option. Cam needs to find the innocent whose life she has saved. Carson must find the thugs who destroyed her home and her livelihood. All too soon, the sisters learn how impossible it is to hide and how difficult it is to trust those who offer help. Will they survive long enough to clear their names?
Caroline Taylor has written a tightly woven thriller full of female empowerment and bravery, with strong women seeking justice and formidable opponents in their way. With twists and turns, jolting from the present to the past, readers will be holding their breath until the very end.
Caroline Taylor is the author of two mystery novels, What Are Friends For? and Jewelry from a Grave; one nonfiction book, Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade, and numerous short stories and essays, which are featured on her website at www.carolinestories.com. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, she now lives in North Carolina.