About the Book-
Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.
Police detective Brent Lange can’t find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he’s convinced they’re connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve’s voice silenced–permanently.
But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes–and who is swiftly winning his heart–may not survive.
Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon is back with a heart-stopping new series that will have you turning pages well into the night.
tw: marital abuse/domestic violence
This was . . . interesting. I’ve been trying out a lot of suspense authors lately, and Irene Hannon is a new one that I hadn’t read yet up until this point. I enjoyed the book: the writing style was clear and it kept me reading all the way until the end, and the suspense was well built and the perpetrator wasn’t obvious until the end, which was good.
The book is narrated from several points of view, some of which aren’t quite understood until the very end, which made it a little confusing to read when I was first starting off. There were also a lot of characters described: maybe 15 or so characters and 6 or 7 points of view, which made it a little tricky to keep track of. Eventually, I figured out what was going on, but not until a fair way into the book.
In addition, when I first started the book, I was a little wary of what was to come, because of the hefty descriptions of the two main characters. Eve, the protagonist, is described by the love interest as a “slender thirtysomething . . . every toned muscle of her five-foot-sixish frame . . . a pair of notable legs, and a moss-green tank top outlined generous curves . . . the typical girl next door, with a hint of exotic glamor,” and the love interest was described by Eve as dressed in “a snug T-shirt that showed off his broad chest and impressive biceps, plus a pair of of broken in jeans that hugged his lean hips and muscular legs,” so needless to say, there is a lot of physical attraction going on. Other than that, there were a lot of mentions of their chemistry, and the two of them started to pursue a romantic relationship fairly early on in the story.
Eve is a political show host known for her conservative views, some of which are shared in the book. Politically, I don’t agree with some of her views, so while that’s a matter of preference, there is that. In addition, there is an alternative perspective that is shown that I agree with more, but then the holders of that worldview were very clearly portrayed negatively, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I’m particularly concerned about the extent where the moderately left leaning views having a negative impact on the conservative readership of these book. I understand most of the people who read these books/my reviews of them are conservative, so this wouldn’t be an issue for them, but that was my experience, and my concerns make it such that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have.
With all that being said, there were several parts of the book that I did enjoy. I really liked the actual suspense part of the book. The story was engaging and kept me reading, and the ending was very well done. There were also several discussions about marriage, being faithful to one’s spouse, and marital abuse/domestic violence, in the secondary storylines, which I don’t see often in Christian fiction, as generally, the discussion lies more heavily on the getting married part, but much less about what happens once the wedding occurs. Although they didn’t really add to the overall story arc (and were possibly even a little distracting), I really appreciated the discussion of them, especially the one about marital abuse.
Overall, I enjoyed this book! I don’t think I would read it again, or honestly recommend it to many people, but I did like some of the discussions that it contained and the overall suspense plot!
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.