Book Review: Active Defense by Lynette Eason (Danger Never Sleeps #3)

Active Defense

About the Book-

As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn’t expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house–and threatened her friends–she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn’t the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it’s what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead–and why–before it’s too late.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason will have you looking over your shoulder as you dive into this fast-paced, suspense-filled story about losing control and finding something even better.

My Review-

tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, child abuse

This was such a fun suspense book! Christian suspense fiction has definitely become a genre I’ve come to enjoy more and more, and while it isn’t necessarily the “best” fiction or the most realistic, I still enjoy them & think they’re really fun!

I started this book around 11pm, thinking I would read a few chapters before bed. Bad idea: it was 4 am before I finished the book and went to sleep. While I didn’t really enjoy the other book from this series that I’ve read (Acceptable Risk, book 2 in the series), I found this book really fun and super exciting!

The main suspense plot of this book was that of Heather, a medical doctor who suffers PTSD from her time in Afghanistan, and a stalker, who quickly becomes violent and begins to pose a threat to her safety. The love interest is Travis, who has liked Heather for a while but has never made a move, as she was never interested.

Overall, there were several plot points that didn’t seem very feasible in real life, and several that were just a tad unrealistic, like one of the large plot points about Heather’s PTSD (a viral video of her in Afghanistan is involved & just ???? that doesn’t make you famous/a target for people trying to kill you?). Many of them were good, but there were just some that were just too perfect, in my opinion.

My favorite character from this story is Ryker, who is an abused teen that Heather and Travis find and take in. He is so sweet and thoughtful, and his character development is just so cool to read! I also really liked the dynamic of the friend group: although Heather doesn’t want to harm any of her friends, they still all rally around her and give their help, which was just so sweet! I also really looooved the time that they spent on Travis’ farm: the big family in the countryside with animals trope always makes me SO happy.

Unlike in book 2, I didn’t guess who the antagonist was in the book until rather late. Overall, I think this book was better developed than the previous one (albeit still lacking in some plot points), and I did enjoy it more than the other one. I still don’t really agree with the use of the war in Afghanistan as a narrative device, but this one was certainly a lot better than in book 2. I would recommend it to fans of suspense!

My Rating-

7/10

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.

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