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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
Prolific author Kathy Clark continues the suspense of Denver after dark in Cries In The Night. The main character, Julie, has a secret past and a heroic present. The story begins in the heat of the moment, not with Julie but with a woman who is beaten and with her son who witnesses the attack. Julie is called to the crime scene as head of the Victim's Advocate Department. She calms and supports victims of brutal domestic violence, traumatic car accidents, fiery devastation, and overwhelming natural disasters. But she is haunted by a shadow from her past. The shadow waits nearby, breaks into her home, and kills her beloved cat. The shadow also places a snake in her car, causing her to crash into a telephone pole. Eventually the shadow's identity is revealed. But for most of the story, the man in Julie's life is a flirty, well-muscled firefighter named Rusty. Julie and Rusty slowly form a psychological and romantic bond by their work and by their mutual attraction and need.
The character of Julie is well-developed and complex as she begins to face her past. She confronts her fear and slowly learns to trust again for a hopeful future. The descriptions of emergencies and human behavior are realistic and thoughtful. Anxious moments of suspense and swift actions are balanced by tender and erotic moments. Cries In The Night by Kathy Clark shows a snowy, Christmastime in Denver with more than a few brave souls. Many of the cries in the night are heard by people who care.