Title:  Accused (Pacific Coast Justice Series #1)
Author:  Janice Cantore
Story Length:  376
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
Wow, what a great story and fantastic start to a series!  This is a fictional, law enforcement, suspense story set in a fictional city in California, Las Playas.  The main character is Carly Edwards, a 30-something, divorced policewoman.  She has been reassigned from her job as a patrol cop to a juvenile desk job as a disciplinary action as she was involved in a shooting where death occurred.  Her exile is to last as long as litigation is in the works, so she is there indefinitely and doesn’t like it much.
Her ex-husband, Nick Anderson, also is on the police force in the same city and she tries her best to avoid him at all costs.  She receives a phone call from Nick’s best friend, Jeff, asking her to meet him for dinner so they can talk about a case.  She agrees and what he tells her changes her life forever.  After asking Carly to keep her eyes and ears open for information and at the end of their conversation, he tells her to trust no one.  Carly has a lot of trust issues with her ex-husband as he was unfaithful to her, which caused the breakup of their marriage, but she still believes he is an honest cop.  She talks to him about the case and they begin a tentative working relationship.  She also learns in the year she has avoided him and not talked to him Nick has become a Christian, the kind of person the both of them used to ridicule when they were married.  Carly can see Nick has changed and begins to ask questions about God.  She has been angry with God for five years as she sees God’s taking her father from her when he died of cancer.  The case gets more and more complicated and attempts are made on her life.  Who can she trust?
This is just a nail-biter of a story that readers won’t be able to put down.  I read the whole book in a day because I just had to see how the case was resolved.  There is lots of action, deception, faith and hope.  The author is a former policewoman and that experience definitely translates throughout the story, making it realistic and plausible.  I can’t wait to read the second book in the series, Abducted.  Please don’t pass up this thrilling and exciting novel!
My rating is 5 stars.

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