Robert Bucchianeri is the author of the suspense thriller, Between a Smile and a Tear, the mystery, Acapella Blues, and now, the erotic suspense thriller, Love Stings.
Elizabeth Jane Berg, a refugee from her own childhood, is a beekeeper leading a quiet life on Cape Cod. She’s tormented by painful memories and suppressed anger. When she meets Monica, a mysterious woman without a past, a vessel brimming with desire and ambition, Elizabeth begins to unravel. A fuse is lit triggering a devious plot that spirals out of control and ultimately ensnares Elizabeth and her whole family in an all consuming tragedy.
We love beginnings, and this one begins exceptionally well:
Father will be here soon.
I am prepared now, at last.
My mind is quiet now, finally.
So opens Love Stings, as Elizabeth Jane Berg, a refugee from her own childhood, recounts the plan, the plot, she initiates after she meets Monica, a woman without a past, who has killed Elizabeth’s little brother and is about to sleep with her father.
Something cruel lay within me, something that should never have been indulged, a coldness blowing in a corner of my soul, as punishing as a January on the Cape.
Love Stings is a sunlit noir set on Cape Cod’s beaches and in Connecticut’s toney suburbs. It is a story of familial betrayal, obsession, revenge, and beekeeping.