by Kelly Irvin
February 7 - March 4, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
A decade ago, Delaney Broward discovered her brother’s murdered body at the San Antonio art co-op he founded with friends. Her artist boyfriend, Hunter Nash, went to prison for the murder, despite his not-guilty plea.
This morning, Hunter walks out of prison a free man, having served his sentence.
This afternoon, Delaney finds her best friend dead, murdered in the same fashion as her brother.
Stay out of it or you're next, the killer warns.
Hunter never stopped loving Delaney, though he can’t blame her for not forgiving her. He knows he’ll get his life back one day at a time, one step at a time. But he’s blindsided to realize he’s a murder suspect. Again.
When Hunter shows up on her doorstep asking her to help him find the real killer, Delaney’s head says to run away, yet her heart tells her there’s more to his story than what came out in the trial. An uneasy truce leads to their probe into a dark past that shatters Delaney’s image of her brother. She can’t stop and neither can Hunter—which lands them both in the crosshairs of a murderer growing more desperate by the hour.
In this gripping romantic suspense, Kelly Irvin plumbs the complexity of broken trust in the people we love—and in God—and whether either can be mended.
This is a mystery or suspense novel for readers who like lots of character thinking about past events. There is a great deal of rehashing of events from ten years ago and the relationships between key people then. There is some essential relationship information not revealed until near the end of the novel so many of the previous memories and thoughts about them really are not that important to solving the mystery.
I had mixed feelings about the characters. Delaney is a good heroine, having healed pretty well from past hurts. Hunter was hard for me to like as I felt he was way too pushy in wanting to rekindle a romance with Delaney. Jess was certainly a good foil to the investigating efforts of Hunter and Delaney. I felt his character and opposition was a bit over done.
The villain was no surprise to me as I anticipated the result early on. Irvin added a red herring or two, such as Michael's client, but they did not feel genuine to me. There is a little suspense near the end, marred by a long explanation of the reason behind the murders. There is a good faith message included. I just don't feel this novel is up to Irvin's previous offerings.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 8th 2022
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0785231935 (ISBN13: 9780785231936)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)