About the Book-
Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother’s illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there’s no way she’s going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.
Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can’t discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.
Bestselling author Lynette Eason concludes her latest suspense-filled series with a bang as secrets are revealed and the guilty are brought to justice.
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This story blew me away! This has been my favorite book in the series so far: while it was still wasn’t a book that I would consider ~literature~, it was definitely one that I might actually reread in the future and recommend to other people.
If nothing else, this book was so fast paced and exciting! Once I started, I could not put it down until I had finished the book. Some things that I think really contributed to my enjoyment of the book were: a POV from the antagonist–I always think that books are so much creepier and more exciting when there is a POV from the antagonist!–, the fact that it wasn’t a military based story–previous books in this series were focused on the military, and while Ava was in the navy, it was a very minor point in this book–, and that there was so much history based action/backstory. With that being said, there was quite a bit of brutally described murder, so if you’re particularly sensitive to things like that, this would not be the book for you.
The chemistry between the protagonist and the love interest was good, better than in many books that I’ve read. While childhood friend romances are sometimes hit or miss for me, this one felt really natural and sweet, and I really liked Caden and Ava’s dynamic. They were both realistic characters with depth to their personality, and I liked seeing the various aspects of their life as they also worked to solve this case, such as Ava’s relationship with her parents and sibling (the special connection she had with her father was so special and I loved reading it!).
I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the Russian KGB being tied into this: I don’t really know enough about it to be well informed about the history and the likelihood of what occurred, but from what I knew, it was interesting I guess? It very much assumed a particular political stance blanketly, which I don’t fully agree with or understand, but like I said, I don’t really know enough to criticize it one way or another. While the background of the antagonist is very Russian KGB driven, the story overall doesn’t involve Russia a ton, which makes it much better than I would have otherwise rated it.
Like any Christian suspense book, there is a certain suspension of disbelief required to really enjoy this story: for instance, one of the office manager type people, Daria, seems to be able to procure and transmit information instantaneously, getting search warrants and BOLOs and cell phone tracking at an instant, which is . . . definitely not how it works. A lot of Ava’s ~knowledge~ really just isn’t feasible for any one person to be able to do, but chalking it up to her ~military background~ works for kind of disregarding the whole thing. Overlooking small things and not nitpicking unlikely scenarios like that really make the book a lot more enjoyable.
Overall, this is my favorite book out of the series (though I haven’t read the first one). It is very, very gory with descriptions of point-blank murder, so if you don’t like reading graphic violence like that, I would definitely not recommend it to you. However, if you enjoy fast paced suspense that isn’t laden with technological terms, characters, and legalism, this is the book for you.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.