Too Close To Home by Lynette Eason (Women of Justice Book 1)
Publish Date: April 1, 2010
Paperback, 352 pages
Lately I have had a little trouble getting into books. I think that has actually been less the books' fault and more the fault of the fact I start reading them while waiting on my kids. Like at my youngest son's t-ball practice. It's hard to read at t-ball practice - I have to make sure I know where he is at all times (I have a feeling if he could get away he would). So even though I started Too Close to Home at the youngest son's t-ball practice and finished it at my oldest son's cub scout campout - this is one book that was able to hold my attention with a lot going on around me.
I liked both Sam and Connor from the beginning. Sam is a computer forensics expert (and I love reading about these lately) and Sam is State Law Enforcement who has been called in to help with what may be a serial kidnapper and murderer. Connor is having problems with his daughter who is going through the typical teenage experience plus the fact that she lost her mother a few years ago and her father is rather absentee. However this didn't make me dislike Connor - you see him as a man who needs to change his ways, yet he has a hard time doing it and Jenna as a girl who just needs to work out her feelings and be shown some love. Add in the kidnap/murder plot along with some insights from the bad guy from time-to-time and this book is great.
I loved getting to know the characters and watching them grow in their feelings for each other and also in ways they grew in their faith. This book also should serve as a constant reminder to parents about policing their children and their access to the internet - I know it did for me, and not in a preachy manner at all, just as a gentle reminder. Though the plot was some what predictable and I figured out who the bad guy was, this didn't take away from the book at all, because there was plenty more to figure out. Ms. Eason created a horrible bad guy and a lot of the book is figuring out exactly how the plot and the plans of the bad guy works.
I also have to say my emotions ran the gamut through this book. I was cheering good guys, booing the bad guys, frightened and even ended up in tears at one point. This book will wring your emotions out in a good way and keep you turning pages even during your busy life!
My Rating: 4.75/5.0
About the Book:
Samantha Cash is the FBI's secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help local chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There's her faith--in God and herself. And then there's the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife. As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor's 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can't a girl just have some fun? Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page, and will have readers cheering for the characters they love as justice is served and love grows even in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!
About the Author:
Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of eight inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (From Goodreads.com)
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FTC Information: I received this book from Donna Hausler at Revell for review. I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws. I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.
Available April 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.