Eason has crafted a mystery that is more character study than suspense. Haley is one of the Elite Guardians and this novel is the fourth in the series by that name. Since this novel is entirely about Haley, it reads very well on its own.
The mystery aspect deals with Haley's childhood in Ireland. Having escaped a family massacre when a toddler, she thought her nanny was her mother. Now, twenty five years later, she learns of her heritage and is determined to find out who killed her family then and who might be trying to kill her now.
The other aspects of the novel really deal with character. Haley helps a potential mugger and his desperately needy family. Haley gets to know Quinn's new partner and a hint of romance emerges.
Much of the character development deals with forgiveness. Can we really forgive the drunk driver who killed our younger brother? Can we face our own choices and the mistakes we have made and forgive our self?
There is some good suspense near the end. I recommend this novel to those who like a plot centering on character yet with enough suspense to make it page turning near the end.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Lynette Eason is the bestselling and award winning author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunion series, and the Hidden Identity series. This is the fourth novel in the Elite Guardian series. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. You can find out more at www.lynetteeason.com.
Revell, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.