***Inspired by actual events***

She had to have him regardless of the ring on his finger.

Destroying me became an obsession.

Jake Parker and I have been married for more than twenty years. Everyone thought we had a perfect life. He is a first responder and travels the states attending motorcycle rides for the wounded, while I write and market my books. We spend most of our time at the waterfront cottage with friends who also vacation there.

So why is a stalker showing up at my book signings, and who uploaded provocative videos onto my home computer?

When I started digging for answers, the lies and betrayals were beyond anything I could imagine.

Two women. One Stalker. And a husband keeping secrets
The stalker doesn’t want to ruin my marriage.

She wants me gone.

Before She Knew is a twisted psychological suspense with a diabolical villain pulling you to the edge with each turn of the page. It’s perfect for anyone who saw The Undoing or read The Last Mrs. Parrish, only this story is based on actual events.

Sex, lies, and betrayal brought them here…

It’s only been a short time since Katie Parker’s husband of twenty years left their oceanfront cottage and she filed for divorce after learning of his affairs with two women – one of whom stalked her, tried to kill her, and framed her for a vehicular homicide. Instead of dwelling, she continued her court-ordered therapy, and looked ahead to meeting with a producer interested in adapting the book into a TV series. It felt like her life was moving forward, until she was informed there were issues with the upcoming trial, her stalker was out on bail, and a tabloid reporter was having a field-day with salacious content they received – some of which included images of Katie.

Katie remembered her stalker’s words of warning: “I won’t let you rest.”

She doubled security cameras around her cottage, but refused to let a deranged woman rule her life. The last thing she expected was to have her dog, Bailey, discover a woman hiding in the seagrass during their morning jog. Too traumatized to speak, Katie convinced the woman to come inside. When she offered to call for help, the woman panicked, and nearly jumped out of her skin when somebody pounded at the door.
Once Katie started digging for answers, it was a fight for her survival when she wound up on a hit list and the only individual who might be able to help was the connected stepfather of her stalker. Katie doesn’t believe in coincidences … do you?

I survived a cheating husband; a homicidal stalker and exploited the tabloid media to fight back when I was framed for vehicular homicide. But after MY home was torched, along with the manuscripts of my future books, I had to put my writing on hold. That’s when the billionaire who felt responsible persuaded me to accept a position as an investigator. Maybe I could help those who suffered betrayals of their own. And Cape Cod just happens to be a place where scandal and sin are often hidden behind the ornate doors of coastal New England homes.

When the owner of a modeling agency hired me to find proof that her husband was cheating, it didn’t take long to discover something more sinister was going on. Then, my college roommate is murdered, and a package arrives with incriminating photos inside, and the man I’m currently investigating, is in them. After he also turned up dead, I became the number one suspect.

Realizing the two deaths are related, I set out to find the truth and infiltrated an elite club, while simultaneously trying to evade corrupt cops and paid thugs. I never imagined the dark world I was entering when I unwittingly discovered that young women were missing, but no one seemed to be looking for them, until now.

I didn’t choose this line of work; it chose me…

“Why does this keep happening to us?”

A few weeks after shutting down an illegal sex club, I find myself trapped in my most perilous situation yet. When my best friends, Olivia and Madison, are abducted—and used as bait—the chase is on to get them out of the clutches of my tormentor.

Racing against the clock, I team up with Finn, the hot undercover cop I started dating, against a sinister group bent on destruction and a ruthless leader who wants us dead. Follow along as we cross the border for a climactic showdown in an effort to finally bring down The Teacher – the perpetrator who abducted teenage girls.


When Finn suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen, I took time off to help him recuperate. But after receiving a call for help from my dad’s former military buddy, nicknamed Mackie, it pulled me back to the small town I visited years ago.

Mackie’s home was robbed, but all they took were antique weapons and personal military paraphernalia, some had been gifts from my father before his death.

Convinced the robbery had to do with something more than theft, I teamed up with the local sheriff to find the truth. The moment we started digging for answers, the more questions we faced, and the answers would only put our lives in danger.

What did Mackie bring back with him from their time in combat that made him a target in his home town decades later?



***This book and the next in the series were written BEFORE the recent pull-out of troops in Afghanistan, where some of the action takes place in the stories.

Compelled by her past, Kyra Ray enlisted in the military at age eighteen, giving up an international modeling contract, and was selected to train as an operative for an anti-terror unit.

Unable to avoid his past, Dalton LeClair became a highly-paid assassin.

Destined for Danger. Sanctioned to Kill.

Hot on the trail of an international weapons ring, junior covert agent Kyra Ray finds herself caught in the cross-hairs of a ruthless arms dealer in the perilous mountains of war-torn Afghanistan.

Closing in, the mission takes an unexpected and near-deadly turn in the high-stakes drama of New York City, where Kyra is mysteriously spared by an assassin sent to kill.

Retrained as an assassin and given strict orders to take him down, Kyra becomes trapped in a game of cat-and-mouse that will put her life on the line and her directive to the test—her sanction to kill.

Kyra Quote: “Are you telling me this assassin became infatuated with me to the point he killed other agents, but felt compelled to save me because of self-indulgent lust from afar?”

 © 2023 CR HIATT

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