Enemies and Playmates

Rated 4.90/5 based on 20 reviews
When the abused decide to fight back, the abuser's world might just shatter.

Lauren Covington's family maintains a grand facade that hides the private abuse they suffer at the hands of her father. Jesse Ryder, a private detective, steps into that world and, in the process, falls in love with Lauren. Together, Lauren and Jesse dodge death and expose the truth behind the facade.

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About Darcia Helle

Darcia Helle is a Massachusetts native, who escaped the New England winters to write in the Florida sunshine. She lives with her husband in a home full of spoiled rescue animals and an occasional stray lizard. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative.

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Review by: Gareth Lewis on Dec. 3, 2013 :
An engrossing thriller that maintains a steady balance of plot and character. It focuses on the emotions of the leads to drive the story, without sacrificing the pacing, and offers plenty of twists that feel natural.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Review by: Christina OW on July 9, 2012 :
this was a good read although i wish Alex had suffered a worse fate
(review of free book)
Review by: cariboodaze53 on July 4, 2012 :
Great story line. It shows, you just don't know what goes on behind closed doors. It kept my interest all the way through. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
(review of free book)
Review by: Linda McCann on May 28, 2012 :
This is a really good story. I could not stop reading'til I reached the end. It is a well written suspense story with a touching romance. I highly recommend it!
(review of free book)
Review by: Lynelle Clark on March 23, 2012 :
I simply could not switch off the laptop, the story was captivating till the last page.
The characters was strong, each in its own right. The serious topic of domestic violence was highlighted with sensitivity and great care.
The name of the book said it all.
Thanks for a great read
(review of free book)
Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Oct. 26, 2011 :
Darcia Helle's "Enemies and Playmates" deals with a sensitive topic: domestic violence. The Covington family are all subject to the abusive father's whims. Like so many abusers, Alex Covington looks like the proverbial "nice guy" out in the world at large. Yet, within his home he is a monster.

Helle's protagonist, Lauren, finds her father's wrath turned against her when she begins to date a man of whom Covington disapproves. But Jesse is no pushover ... and as the story unwinds, we learn more and more about Covington's wrongdoings and Jesse's attempts to bring him to justice.

I think there is a great temptation amongst authors to make stories about domestic violence, rape and other crimes deliberately triggering. Helle avoids this trap, all the while creating a compelling picture of the emotional and physical abuse that Covington inflicts on his victims.

An excellent, thought-provoking read.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Readin Chillin on July 28, 2011 :
Enemies and Playmates was appropriately named. Great characters and plot with plenty of intrigued. Ms. Helle is truly gifted as a writer. I highly recommend this book. As a matter of fact a few friends and I are meeting to discuss it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Kaarren on July 27, 2011 :
I recently read this book and really enjoyed it. The suspense and twists kept me reading. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Blanche Elizabeth on July 14, 2011 :
I recently read a similar book to this one and was excited to check it out. It was a good story, and her characters were well-developed. My only comment was that it seemed as though many of the arguments were rehashed and there was a touch of overkill with the proving of how evil Lauren's dad was.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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