Her Every Move
by Kelly Irvin
February 8 - March 5, 2021 Tour
He’s a cop trying to stop a serial bomber. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her own name.
When a deadly bomb goes off during a climate change debate, librarian and event coordinator Jackie Santoro becomes the prime suspect. Her motive, according to Detective Avery Wick: to avenge the suicide of her prominent father, who was accused of crimes by a city councilman attending the event.
Though Avery has doubts about Jackie’s guilt, he can’t exonerate her even after an extremist group takes responsibility for the bombing and continues to attack San Antonio’s treasured public spaces.
As Jackie tries to hold her shattered family together, she has no choice but to proceed with plans for the Caterina Ball, the library system’s biggest annual fundraiser. But she also fears the event provides the perfect opportunity for the bomber to strike again.
Despite their mistrust, Jackie and Avery join forces to unmask the truth—before the death toll mounts even higher.
This novel starts out with plenty of action and the body count increases as the story progresses. We follow Jackie, organizer of the initial bombed event, as bombs are destroying parts of San Antonio and people close to her are getting killed. The plot centers around the police hunting for the bomber. Added to that is a budding romance between the lead police investigator, Avery, and Jackie. Avery is a decade older than Jackie and is divorced. She's a librarian and he doesn't read. She's a committed Christian and he has given up on God. Their romance is certainly unconventional and a bit unbelievable.
There is much character interaction in the midst of tragedy and police investigation. The character development is done well. How a person responds to tragedy is a major issue in the novel. Some grow in faith while others become bitter, cultivating hate. There is some family alienation in Jackie's family while Avery, oddly enough, gets along really well with his ex.
The strong aspect of the novel for me was the setting of San Antonio, its culture and social aspects. The weak aspect of the novel for me was the plot itself. I'm not sure the death and destruction matched the villain character and the motive.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785231900 (ISBN13: 9780785231905)
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Author Bio:Closer Than She Knows “a briskly written thriller.” The Library Journal said of her novel Tell Her No Lies, “a complex web with enough twists and turns to keep even the most savvy romantic suspense readers guessing until the end.” The two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband professional photographer Tim Irvin in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats.
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