Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!
Starting off with a bang, I was immediately drawn into the danger surrounding Shauna and her family with a murderer on her tail. I wanted to know who the killer was and why they were killing. However, although the beginning pulls you in the rest of the book is a little disjointed and didn’t always feel convincing at times. I rate this mystery 3 stars.
After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
As I stated the beginning really got my attention, I love when books start off in the thick of it with a bit of action or thrill to really get the mood set. Yet after that opening the book was a little slow for awhile, and while there was definitely action thrown in through out, people killed off here and there, the overall feel of the story just felt off. I liked the characters and the fun town that was created in this story and I really wanted to see how it would turn out so I pressed on.
Another set back for me was the predictability of the book. It felt pretty obvious. I also really didn’t like how things just didn’t match up through out the book. For example, killer doesn’t know where package is, then ended up knowing who had it all along? Or, Shauna was meant to be ex-navy, yet she hardly could handle a gun and was always scared even though her sons life was on the line, then last second she’s all super mom and what not. It didn’t feel natural at all compared with who she had been portrayed as the whole book. Also, a suppressor not “silencer”, doesn’t make the gun completely quiet. An ex-navy person would know this. All the theological aspects felt forced through out the story as well and I wasn’t a big fan of that.
Overall, it was an ok read. I am not sure why its marked as the first in a series as it seems to have wrapped up completely, but who knows. I would read this if you’re a Colleen Coble fan and want an easy mystery to read. But be aware its a bit predictable and not too plausible.
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