In the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark -- a suspense-filled story of a young widowed mother who unwittingly endangers her own life and that of her child as she searches for closure from a painful family loss and the truth behind it.
When Maggie Collier learns that her father-in-law's murder may have been the result of his accidentally discovering the whereabouts of a kidnapped child, she takes up the investigation herself. As she explores the seemingly idyllic lives of citizens in the quiet community of Delbrook, Wisconsin, Maggie gradually recognizes a dark and eerie menace lurking beneath the town's picture-perfect façade. And she's clearly not the only one feeling unnerved by the proceedings. Someone else is keenly interested in her search. Soon her own questions about her father-in-law's murder intersect with the investigation by a young lawyer from Chicago who is hunting for his niece's kidnapper. As they join forces, Maggie and Grant probe deeply into the lives of her seemingly respectable friends and neighbors. When everyone, it appears, has a secret to hide, Maggie enters a race against the clock to find the truth before the elusive serial killer and kidnapper can make her the next victim. Crackling with tension and rich characterizations, Bleeding Heart hurtles toward a skillfully realized, cunningly resolved climax.
Booklist Keep[s] the reader on edge and offer[s] enough loose ends and possibilities that none of the leading suspects can be eliminated until the very end.
Chicago Tribune Maggie is a credible hero...and her search for her father-in-law's killer and Tyler McKenzie makes a compelling story.
Midwest Book Review Martha Powers tells a grand story that brings fresh life through her deep characters to the lurking-monster-in-human-clothing thriller.
Publishers Weekly Powers populates the town of Delbrook, Wisconsin, with memorably off-kilter types.
Amazon.com Ms. Powers...does a fine job of keeping the reader paging back and forth, rechecking names, dates, and alibis because, after all, no Delbrooker, upstanding or otherwise, could have conceivably committed the heinous crimes revealed. And there's the fun of it: one of them did.