Monday, October 16, 2017

Vanishing Point (A Nikki Boyd Novel)


Title:  Vanishing Point (A Nikki Boyd Novel)

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  307 (ARC)

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Most this novel takes place in the past with just the last quarter of the book taking place in the present day.  This story focuses on a serial killer that has left a string of dead girls, but no clues.  The first case occurs in 2002.  The task force is formed spearheaded by Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert.  Time goes by and then another body is found or another girl is reported missing.  The count gets to six with the team no closer to finding the killer.  One of the missing girls is Nikki Boyd’s sister.  Garrett and Jordan have been dancing around their feelings for one another, but in the end, they both go their separate ways in 2006.  Garrett changes jobs while Jordan continues working for the FBI.

A decade passes with no missing girls and then the pattern starts up again.  A young girl’s body is found and Garrett and his old team are reunited to finally try to put an end to the killings.  Nikki is on this task force, but only on the perimeter.  The focus is still on Jordan and Garrett.  Another girl is thought to be taken and a member of the task force is shot.  Now, the killer has escalated to taking out members of the task force.  Jordan and Garrett are targets, but they have finally figured out who the killer is.  Can they catch the killer before the killer catches them?

I like the character of Nikki Boyd and her unfailing desire to find out the truth about what happened to her sister.  She has never given up searching for clues or digging through old case reports.  With the Angel Abductor cases back in the spotlight, Nikki now might get an answer to what happened to her sister all those years ago.  Jordan and Garrett are fairly typical law enforcement agents in their dedication, but they allow their careers and pride to keep them apart for years.  However, they both come to realize that God hasn’t abandoned them, especially in the heartbreaking difficulties of the victims of the Angel Abductor.  Lisa Harris always writes exciting, interesting and timely stories.  I can’t wait for the next one!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3)


Title:  Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3)

Author:  Dani Pettrey

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  BethanyHouse

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Declan Grey and Tanner Shaw will now be working together.  They have met before and gotten on each other’s nerves.  Now, they must work together to try to discover any information they can about a suspected terrorist plot that is to happen sometime, somewhere in Baltimore.  As they question people involved with transporting weapons and people involved in the plot, people begin to be silenced…permanently.  Tanner and Declan themselves become targets with their lives threatened.  While working the case, the two spend lots of time together and let their guard down.  They begin to see the real person beneath the work persona everyone else sees, and they begin to like each other more and more.

While trying to stop this plot that could kill thousands, Declan also learns that his old coach is suspected of embezzling money from his clients as he is a financial advisor.  This is the coach that brought the gang together and named them “The Pirates”.  The group holds Coach in great affection and can’t believe he is guilty.  Griffin and the rest of the gang get involved in this mystery.  Kate is still searching for Luke after seven long years apart.  She still loves him and refuses to give up her search, especially now that she has received word of a confirmed sighting of him.  Now, she just has to track his path, but at least she knows he is alive.  Why hasn’t he ever contacted her?

I couldn’t put the book down!  I was so involved in the story from beginning to end that read it in one day!  I loved the simultaneous mysteries that happen in this book.  It kept my interest easily as I was so eager to discover if the two mysteries were related somehow as well as to read of the different characters’ reactions.  I also liked that everyone from “The Pirates”, including their wife or girlfriend, was involved in one fashion or another in one of the two mysteries.  Tanner is one of my favorite characters as she can defend herself in a physical altercation, but she if filled with compassion and mercy for those who need help.  I also enjoyed how one member of the group could call and get help from another member without questions or excuses.  They were there for one another no matter what.  Terrorism is alive and well in this story and Declan and Tanner give their all to try to keep the U.S. safe.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Time to Stand


Title:  A Time to Stand

Author:  Robert Whitlow

Pages:  416

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

This is a riveting page-turner that packs a punch of truth and faith set in a tale that could easily be taken from newspaper headlines of today!  Robert Whitlow’s novels have been a favorite of mine for many years and I look forward to whatever he writes.  This novel really puts the bar high, setting this novel apart from his other works.  Why?  The author takes readers behind possible headlines and society issues to learn and consider the way individuals are impacted by violence, job loss, work politics and how we can live out our faith.  The living out of an individual’s faith on both sides of the case involving a police action shooting in the story shows just how tough it can really be.

What Robert Whitlow also shares in the book is a powerful way to bridge two opposing sides in a way that glorifies God.  Adisa is the main female character who is a lawyer and a brilliant one, too.  She cares for the aunt who raised her and her sister, who now requires aid in her later years of life.  Reggie is a pastor who leads a congregation and at one point in the novel comes face-to-face with what he believes and how powerful forgiveness can be.

Officer Nelson and his wife go through some troubled times, financial demands and an uncertain future.  Each character in the book must come face-to-face with the prejudices they carry in their heart in a very truthful manner that is very difficult.  I think the novel points out how quickly people judge or decide a matter before all the facts are in or known. 

Read Robert Whitlow’s newest gripping, heart-pounding adventure set in a rural town as it will really touch your heart like it did mine!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”