Travel photojournalist Chloe McConnaughey thought she understood her brother Tate—a brilliant programmer willing to compromise anything to get ahead. She just didn’t know that included her.
When Tate dies unexpectedly, Chloe copes by taking an assignment in the Caribbean where she meets Jack, a charming Manhattan escapee who almost has her believing life could turn around. But the illusion is shattered when a series of bizarre incidents leaves them framed for murder and running from killers convinced that Chloe is the key to questions Tate left behind. Suddenly Jack’s timely entrance into her life seems more than coincidental, but with nowhere else to turn, Chloe must trust this man who is not only charming, but also dangerous, and much better at evading capture than he should be.
Strained to the breaking point by a life consistently marked by tragedy, Chloe fights a sense of hopelessness, confronting the age-old question: if it’s not all random—if God does exist—why would He allow bad things to happen to good people?
Hunted from the tiny island of St. Gideon all the way to Miami, Chloe and Jack desperately search for the evidence that will prove their innocence and eliminate them as targets of the shadowy conspiracy that will stop at nothing to make its problems go away.
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Unintended Target was one tense moment after another. It was hard to put down but oh, so easy to pick back up.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel book from D.L. Wood’s Unintended Series. I found this suspense to be a polished story with real characters in an intense situation. Honestly, I had no clue what would be coming next for the characters in this book and that is the way I like my suspense to be.
As for the characters, this is a cast filled with great personality. From the “good guys” to the villains, there is a character with about every personality type. Jack is the man’s man, there’s a nosy neighbor, crooked cop, and so many more. Every new person was distinctive and such fun to get to know and see how their role would impact the path the story was going on.
Another amazing aspect of this book, is the simple, straightforward, but subtle comments of God’s truths and the message of salvation. As I mentioned before, these are real characters with their own vices and struggles. But their faith, or lack of, shape who they are. Their are natural conversations concerning salvation, and that is something I certainly appreciate in a novel.
For this particular reader, I’m excited to see where this story picks up and continues to go in Wood’s second novel of this series. This was a fantastic read and one that I would highly reccommend to those of you who enjoy being on edge as you read.
“God didn’t make us to be islands unto ourselves.”
-Jack, Unintended Target
About the Author:
D.L. Wood is an award winning author who writes CleanCaptivatingFiction™ that entertains AND uplifts. A former attorney now in her second career, D.L. Wood loves the art of storytelling, particularly any story involving suspense or the epic struggle of good versus evil. An avid reader herself, she started the CleanCaptivatingFiction™ Booklist because she wanted to enjoy more fiction that was not only entertaining, but good for the soul. The best thing for her soul has been Jesus Christ and, hopefully, her stories in some small way cast a light on the peace to be found in him.
Wood tries to give readers the same thing she wants in the novels that she reads: a “can’t-put-it-down-stay-up-till-3am-story” that stays clean without sacrificing an iota of quality, believability or adrenaline. If she isn’t hanging out with her awesome husband and twin daughters, you’ll either catch her behind the keys getting ready for next week’s worship service or curled up with a cup of tea and her Westies, bingeing on the latest Sherlock series.
D.L. lives in North Alabama with her husband, twin daughters and Westies, Frodo and Dobby.
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