Oh, the conversations my husband and I often have while I’m reading a book. I read a lot of them, so the conversations can vary. For this book, there was a lot of talk about guns. Like many men, my husband does enjoy learning about guns and shooting them. More than many other suspense authors, DiAnn Mills includes a lot of specifics in her books, and in this one? Specific types of guns. My husband can appreciate talking about a book like that.
**I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blogging Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.
Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.
As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.
“My point is I know life is hard. When we keep the junk bottled up inside, we end up like those who hurt us.”
-Daniel Hilton, Double Cross
Characters: Believable characters make for the most compelling stories. Good guys that have flaws and bad guys who have likeable characteristics. The former is definitely true for this novel. Both Daniel and Laurel have issues that they are personally dealing with–the kinds of things that they keep to themselves and go on with their jobs. The flaws give a reality to them that, at least for this reader, helped me connect to them. And as for the bad guys? Well, we don’t get to know them too much, but one character is questionable about whether he was good or bad– and I found myself choosing him as one of my favorite characters, perhaps because of the complexity surrounding him.
Storyline: After finishing this book, I can’t help but be impressed. Often in suspense novels, the reader reaches a point where they have an idea of how things will end. I was left pretty clueless with this book. The story is complex and there are a lot of players that come into the story. But it forced me to pay attention, and that left room for some big surprises.
My Thoughts: I LOVED this second novel in Mills’s FBI: Houston series. Where the first book was very action packed, this one centered around intelligence and trying to get ahead of the bad guys. It certainly wasn’t always the most relaxing book to read (but then again, I enjoy a good tense novel now and again) but I loved every moment of it’s exciting plot.
About the Author:
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
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