I've read several of Ms. Jackson's books, and I've always found them to be decent but I haven't ever been blown away.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. I read the entire thing in one day; definetly a page turner! As another reviewer mentioned, Jackson does attempt to put in a lot of mystery and suspsense, but at least for me, I found it very effective. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
The characters were great. Brig was the typical "bad boy," and was both sexy and sweet enough that I could see why the heroine was so attracted. Cassidy also was very likable. She was a spirited tomboy, and very likeable. The romance between these two was especially sweet because we got to see them when they were young as well as in adulthood.
I was a little surprised by how much of the book is spent on the "back story." Based on the book's description, I was expecting there to be maybe a couple chapters of past history, and then the majority of the book spent with Cassidy's return to her home as as an adult. Instead, there was as much time spent in 1977 as in "the present." This worked out fine since the story of them as teens was interesting, but I wish there would have been a little more of them in the present. I thought the latter half of the book was really rushed. As much as I wanted Brig and Cassidy to be together, it was based primarily on their young love, rather than their relationship as adults. We simply didn't get to see enough of their "grown up" selves. Still, I wouldn't say this knocks it down from a 5 star read.
As for the mystery, I thought it was well done. The villan was neither too obvious, nor so obscure that it didn't make sense.
This was great for a fun read. And yes, it is fairly long, but like I said, it moves so quickly that I finished it in a day. I completely enjoyed it.