I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Expecting a sappy romance based on the title, I was plunged into a decades long mystery, high action and soap opera style drama. I Think I Love You is completely different from Got Your Number, the other Stephanie Bond book I have reviewed earlier.
The story starts on a muggy hot summer afternoon in a small Southern town. Three sisters inadvertently witness a murder while trying to spy on a couple making out. Shockingly enough, the victim is their aunt! The girls make a pact to never speak of this again. Fast forward to the present – the girls are grown up, grown apart and thriving in their chosen careers. Regina is an editor, Mica is a super model and Justine an executive. They have hardly met or seen each other in several years. When their hippie parents decide to separate, each of the girls gravitate toward the homestead for different reasons. War breaks out as old rivalries surface and the girls are ready to scratch each others’ eyes out.
Meanwhile, the man convicted for their aunts’ murder is seeking retrial. Their uncle is running for senate. Their parents are going bankrupt, and an old beau is causing trouble again. A new murder gets everyone’s attention, and the girls end up confessing their share of the crime from years ago. Facing conviction for withholding information, will they go to prison? Will their parents overcome their differences, and will the real culprit be caught?
There is a depth to Stephanie Bond’s writing that is unexpected and uncommon in this genre. She easily creates complex characters, and creates myriad scenes in the life of her characters. With I Think I Love You, the romance is just the backdrop. There is action, drama and mystery, not to mention a certain thrill that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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