Elizabeth Bradford loved and lost Adam Morgan 15 years ago. She moved on and built a life for herself by becoming the sheriff and was proud of what she had accomplished. But her serene life goes into a tailspin when she discovers Adam, now a psychiatrist, has returned to his hometown to live.
Her hope of avoiding him is short-lived, as a double murder tears her small town apart. She and Adam are forced to combine forces and work to keep the only witness to the murders safe. The eyewitness is an autistic 8-year-old child who needs both of them - Liz because he knows her and now represents the only safety he can trust and Adam because of his expertise in treating autism. While united in their concern for the small child and desire to catch the monster who killed Jeremy's parents, Liz and Adam discover that even love dead and buried for more than a decade can be brought to life.
My take: Diane Burke does an awesome job of building the tension in this story, doling out the hints to the killer's identity without revealing his name. She draws you into the story, and the various twists she incorporates will keep you guessing and reading to the end.
If you like a good love story aligned with a mystery, you will enjoy "Silent Witness."
My rating: 4 out of 5.