Book Review

Deadlock

Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

**I received a copy of this book from The Tyndale Blogging Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Action, romance, suspense… These are the novels that DiAnn Mills typically writes, and her latest, Deadlock, certainly incorporates large doses of all three.

Deadlock is probably my favorite of her FBI: Houston series. As a whole, the series has been wonderful with creative plots and fantastic characters, but Deadlock has a nearly unsolvable mystery with stakes that just keep getting higher.

The chemistry between FBI Agents Thatcher Graves and Bethany Sanchez is there from page one. He’s trusts his gut, she trusts rules. He’s laid back, she is a bit more uptight. He’s open and friendly, she’s a bit more closed off–and for good reason. Their first job as partners is intense as they are trying to solve the mystery of a potential serial killer. Threats abound and the murders become quite personal to the agents.

This novel had me guessing and the action just kept building. I struggled to put this book down. I also found myself becoming frustrated right alongside the agents. Beyond having a wonderful plot, this novel also had some deep themes about faith and family.

If you have not read the other two novel preceding this one in the series, no worries. Each of these books can be read as standalone novels. There are brief mentions of characters from the earlier books, but nothing that would be a major spoiler.

If it’s not hard, it’s not worth it. Without tears, there’s no healing”

-Bethany Sanchez, Deadlock

One of the things that I love about novels that DiAnn Mills writes, is that she is always so open about her inspiration for the ideas and characters. If you are interested in learning more about the behind the scenes of Deadlock, please check out the following bonus materials:

 DiAnn shares about her new novel Deadlock, in this extended interview

 What inspired DiAnn Mills to write her new novel, Deadlock

Diann talk about her novel, Deadlock

DiAnn talks about her characters in her new novel, Deadlock 

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 forFirewall.

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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