While this is the second in the Southern Crimes series, it reads well on its own. (See my review of Dangerous Passage here.)
This novel centers on Emily Hunt, a high school school teacher in a family of police professionals. Her world is turned upside down when one of the students she has worked so hard to help comes into her classroom with a gun. The policeman who tries to negotiate an end to the hostage situation is Mason Taylor, the man Emily's sister Avery is sure caused the death of their brother. Involved in a deadly situation, Emily has to trust Mason with her life. Is he the mole in the police department or should she fear someone else?
I like a good police detective novel and this is another good one from Harris. I really admired Emily. Though she is not in the police department, she gets right in the situation with determination and acts with intensity when the circumstances go deadly. And Mason is a good support for the brave Emily. He has the hard task of trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
There is action throughout this novel. Just when I thought a deadly situation was cleared up, another would arise. The action was not forced, however. It was just the progression of evil running its deadly course.
With believable and well developed characters, suspense galore, this is a great novel. There is even a hint of romance included. It's not perfect. (I mean really, would a bad guy cop shoot the good guy cop in the chest when he knew a bullet proof vest was worn?) Nonetheless, I highly recommend it.
Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She is the author of more than twenty books and has spent over ten years living with her family as missionaries in Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.
Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group), 304 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.