About the Book-
Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when she is taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander–Sarah’s imposing father–to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.
Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she’s discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother’s suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah’s career–if she can survive long enough to write it.
I have been meaning to read Lynette Eason’s books for so long, but have never gotten around to it until now!
tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, drug abuse
This is the second book in a series, which I don’t think I knew when I picked it up. I don’t think it really influenced my reading of this book, but I’m pretty sure there were some characters that were introduced in the first book that I wasn’t already familiar with, and there was an allusion to a organ trafficking ring that I suspect was the plot of the first book. Other than that, I read this book with no problem.
I really liked the pacing of the story, as well as the overall storyline. It wasn’t especially unpredictable (although I knew who the antagonist was fairly quickly after they were introduced). The characters weren’t particularly overwhelming (as suspense books can sometimes get), and the story moved pretty quickly but not too quickly.
I don’t really know how I feel about the setting? It’s very very military heavy and it’s set in Afghanistan and I don’t know if I really like that? At the very beginning of the book the main character, Sarah, is captured by the Taliban with a bunch of children and a girl named Fatima is shot. After she is rescued (none of this is spoilers btw, since this is in the blurb), there is no more mention about the children or Afghanistan and the whole thing just felt a little cultural appropriation-y to me. Different people have different opinions about it, but it just didn’t really sit comfy with me.
I . . . don’t think the blurb is quite accurate to the book? The first paragraph of the blurb happens in the first chapter or so, and the other half is . . . not really what the story is about either. I hadn’t read the blurb before going in, so I didn’t expect anything, but for people who read blurbs, that might be a thing to note.
In addition, there were some science things that I’m unsure about. I realize that a college bio major is probably not the intended audience for these books, but there were just some science/bio related things that are . . . definitely not how things are done/how science works, and not just the legal/bureaucratic aspect of it. So that reduced the enjoyment of the story for me a little.
I really liked the characters tackling some pretty difficult topics, and the lowkey relationship. Content wise, this was a pretty solid book for me (cultural appropriation aside). There was pretty much no Christian content, though, so if that is something you look for, there’s that.
Overall? I really enjoyed this book! There were some things that didn’t really sit right with me, but I did enjoy this book a lot (more than some of the other Christian suspense/romances that I’ve read?) and will definitely be reading more from the author in the future!
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.