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In Their Blood
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"Following her spell-binding debut, Sharon Potts delivers another fast-paced domestic drama of betrayal and redemption. Someone's Watching is a shocking glimpse behind Miami Beach's glamorous facade."
P.J. Parrish, New York Times bestselling author
Twenty-something Robbie Ivy wants to keep her life as simple and commitment-free as possible. Who needs a high-pressure career, a relationship, or a family anyway?
But Robbie's life gets inextricably complicated when her estranged father shows up with a shocking revelation about two teenage girls who disappeared in South Beach.
One of the missing girls is Robbie's sister Katea sister Robbie never knew existed.
Unwilling to reestablish family ties, Robbie is hesitant to get involveduntil the body of her sister's friend washes up in Indian Creek. Desperate to find her missing sister, Robbie immerses herself in the unfamiliar world to which Kate may have fallen prey: the sexy, sizzling South Beach club scene. Swept up in a corrupt, destructive society, Robbie searches for a cold-blooded killer in the hottest South Beach hotspots.
But in this see-and-be-seen world, everyone is dressed to kill, people are dying for a chance to get beyond the velvet rope. . . and someone is watching.
Oceanview Publishing, (February 2011), ISBN-13: 9781608090136
He was staring at her cleavage and she tried to be cool, like she did this kind of thing all the time. The spaghetti strap on her white sundress slipped off. Kate adjusted it back over her sunburned shoulder, then sipped the pink fruity drink he had bought her. The steel band in a tiki hut was playing reggae, and the night air smelled like fish and brine.
"So," he said, "you girls down on spring break?" His tongue darted over the thin white line that split his upper lip into two uneven halves.
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"Potts's shiver-rich follow-up to In Their Blood takes a hard look at Miami's intense South Beach club scene. Bartender Robbie Ivy learns that she has a half-sister the hard way, after her estranged father shows up on her doorstep wanting help in locating his other daughter, Kaitlin "Kate" Brooks, and Kate's best friend, Joanne Sparks, who's later found drowned in Indian Creek. Robbie turns for advice to her former boyfriend, Jeremy Stroeb, who suggests she consult Det. Judy Lieber. The stakes rise after Robbie meets self-help author Gina Fieldstone, wife of politician Stanford Fieldstoneand a local congressman kills himself following a visit to a popular bar the same night Robbie was there. Potts has created a sympathetic crime solver in Robbie, who wants to reclaim Jeremy and forge a new relationship with her family before it's too late."
Publishers Weekly (Feb.)
"Potts' second effort is a twisty mystery that draws on headline newsspecifically, the drugging of high-school girls on vacation, who are then kidnapped and forced into prostitution. In one eventful day, heroine Robbie Ivy, who left a high-powered corporate job to be a bartender on Miami's South Beach, learns that she has a half sister she never knew about and that the girl has vanished into the neon jungle of South Florida. In her attempts to find the girl and bring about a reconciliation with their father, she bumps up against a diverse crew of eccentrics. One is surely a murderer, and this is where Potts excels: at camouflaging which plot twists are red herrings and which contain the truth. The revelations in the last few chapters are stunningly well handled. This is far grittier than the typical mixing of mystery and chick lit, but it's effectively told from a female perspective. Thus, we have Robbie and her lover discussing the validity of their relationship while they stalk a killer. An appealing sleuth and a beguiling mystery."
"Succinctly put, Someone's Watching is a page-turner. I couldn't read fast enough as the tension in this well-crafted thriller grew to an exciting crescendo in the book's exhilarating final chapters."
The Florida Book Review
"Potts' gritty writing and sharp look at the ugliness behind the bar/beach world makes for compelling reading. Plot twists will keep the reader guessing and excitedly awaiting this author's next book!"
"The author handles the emotions of a daughter who sees her father for the first time in 18 years and learns she has a sister with a great deal of sensitivity."
RT Book Reviews
"A scary look at the nightclub scene, blackmail, wild parties in the Keys and the possibility of a reconciliation between Robbie and Jeremy add up to a terrific story, and all the twists and turns made this a book I couldn't put down."
"Not only is the mystery invigorating but readers will certainly like Ms. Potts' main character. Robbie is a very sweet and forgiving investigator and wants nothing more than to mend fences with her family, such as it is, reunite with her boyfriend and, hopefully, save her sister before something or someone takes her out in the process.
Quill Says: A very good mystery that comes to a surprising conclusion. Although parts will perhaps bring back some bad memories of the Natalee Holloway disappearance, readers will enjoy the suspense while at the same time wanting nothing more than to lock their children up and not let them travel anywhere by themselves."
"This is the second novel for Sharon Potts that includes Robbie and Jeremy. Her first book In Their Blood tells another story that is referred to occasionally in Someone's Watching. It is not necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy the second book. The suspense builds in Someone's Watching to an exciting and surprising conclusion."
"If you are looking for a thriller that is quite admirable for both its visual prose and quick pace, then Sharon Pott's latest crime flick Someone's Watching might just be the thing for you. Not only does it keep you on the edge with its pulse-racing speed but it guarantees you a seriously chilling thrill ride.
The lively South Beach club scene in Miami was portrayed so vividly that its gives the feeling you are right there to witness it all. Peopled with sinister characters, Potts delivers a gripping narrative that will keep you hooked until you have reached the very end of this bone-chilling mystery. Be warned that by the time you get there, you will emerge breathless. An utterly zesty read, Someone's Watching is a terrific crime thriller that should win Potts more fans."
"Family makes you do strange things with your life. Someone's Watching tells the story of Robbie Ivy, a young woman who wants simplicity in her life. Trying to shun away her family ties, she finds them calling out to her, and when it may be too late, she realizes that's a bad idea and finds that finding her lost sister is going to be just the complication in life she doesn't want. Someone's Watching is a riveting thriller about family and what they mean to everyone involved."
Midwest Book Review
"With lean, spare writing that maintains suspense throughout, the author deftly weaves the various characters' stories into a plot that explodes in revelations."
San Francisco Book Review
"In her first novel, In Their Blood, Sharon Potts introduced us to an interesting group of characters and a thrilling plot line. With this second novel, she continues in that vein with some of the same characters making an appearance in another plot driven novel of murder, blackmail and relationships.
Potts has written another fast paced novel with enough red herrings for a family fish fry. This is another satisfying suspense novel showing how normal people can get in over their heads to help out their family. Lookout for this one, it's a winner."