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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Dena Armstrong, an attorney in Galveston, Texas, shares her practice with her cousin, Lucas Barlow. While Lucas tries to control every aspect of the practice, Dena challenges his mandates, such as practicing family law, which is against their original agreement. Dena accepts the case of Ginny Sellers, who needs to extricate herself from an abusive, common law marriage to Alan Sellers. Ginny finds protection from her older brother, the handsome, and divorced Lieutenant Martin Richardson. Dena is in an unfulfilling marriage herself; her husband Zack travels for work frequently, seems obsessed with money, and has been distant from her for some time. She focuses on being a loving mother to her two young children. Dena is considering making some major life changes, though, carefully laying the groundwork. In Unaware: A Suspense Novel, author Susan P. Baker crafts an enthralling, breathtaking story.
The author is a skillful writer, as there is a smooth flow to the book, making it an easy read. There is just the right amount of descriptive text, and sections of realistic, succinct dialogue. All the characters are interesting, and the reader feels well acquainted with the personalities and motivations of each one. Each chapter is told from the perspective of one character, and the interactions among them move the story line forward at a fast pace. Susan P. Baker is a master in the fictional world of thrillers, suspense, and legal drama. Her background in the criminal justice system, as a lawyer and a judge, is evident. She weaves an engaging web of intrigue, making the book a true page-turner.