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THE BURDEN OF HATE
An Annie Collins Mystery
BY HELEN STARBUCK
Hate is a heavy burden
Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not exactly traditional wedding gifts. But when convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to face these realities head on.
The wedding plans are in motion with Angel’s mother laser-focused on micromanaging her first-born’s wedding into the event of the century. But when events begin to unravel, including the mysterious disappearance of the priest, questions and fears begin to rise.
Where is Ian Patterson? Will his quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle this once and for all?
In this suspenseful continuation of Annie and Angel’s saga, everything will come into question. When it comes to wedding vows and murder, how far would you go for someone you love?
“I have friends who believe that what you think creates your reality, that thoughts and beliefs are powerful and have life and energy. They believe that the universe, whatever that means, cannot tell the difference between a positive or negative thought and will turn whatever you think, believe, or worry about into your reality.
In my worst nightmares, I remember being nearly put to sleep permanently by an overdose pumped into me by someone I thought I loved. I jolt awake and lie in the dark, trying to reassure myself that it was a dream. I am safe. I survived, and he is in prison, unable to get to me.
No logic or reassurance, though, could dispel the fear he’d find a way to escape from prison, find me, and, as he had threatened, “settle the score” between us.
I’ve lived with that fear for more than two years. Apparently, my friends knew what they were talking about.”
Colorado native, OR nurse, and award-winning author of the Annie Collins mystery series, Helen Starbuck lives in Arvada Colorado. Following the adage to “write what you know,” she writes her mysteries for the perspective of Annie Collins, an OR nurse. Her debut novel, The Mad Hatter’s Son, won the National Indie Excellence Award for the mystery category. The second in the series, No Pity in death, won a Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association first place EVVY award for the audiobook, and the third, The Burden of Hate, received a starred Kirkus review.
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