Professor Matt Bayfield has no knowledge of the campus rapes or how they coincide with his lectures. He has no intention of remaining in Minnesota for very long and therefore has avoided forming any real relationships with anyone except Carol Macy, a lesbian colleague. He’s got a strict policy against getting involved with the students so his attraction to Ms. Crane could prove to be too much of a distraction.
Professor Bayfield wants to transfer to a research university with doctoral students where he could have a better chance of making an impact in the sociology field. He’s content going about his daily life, but can’t understand why his new student, Ms. Crane, keeps showing up everywhere he goes. He’s not comfortable with the feelings he’s developing for her but it soon becomes obvious that there’s more to his lovely student then meets the eye. Once he learns of the rapes and Nancy’s role in outing a rapist he opts to help her in every way possible. They agree to indulge in their sexual needs during the time they’re together. Neither intends to stay permanently. As the passion heats up between them, the rapist is selecting his victims wisely and Nancy could be his next target. What does the professor’s lectures have to do with the rapes? Nancy hasn’t been able to draw out the perpetrator on her own and has no idea who it could be. Maybe the professor can offer some insight into what might be the connection?
From beginning to end, THE UNMASKING is a fascinating tale. I was intrigued about the professor’s lectures and the rapes that followed. I loved the little glimpses we get of the rapist’s thought process throughout this story. I intrigued at how the writing team of Amanda Burns is able to intertwine a love story with such horrifying circumstances in startling clarity. One of the many things I adored about this story is that the main characters are flawed. They both make judgment errors and their mistakes and assumptions lead to some emotionally trying scenes that had me eagerly reading to find out how they were going to solve their conflicts - or at several points if they even would be able to remain together. If you enjoy romantic suspense novels then I can definitely recommend THE UNMASKING.