Friday, January 12, 2024

Double Take by Lynette Eason Book Review

About the Book:

She survived a murder plot and her attacker is dead--isn't he?

Detective James Cross has been honorably discharged from the Army's Criminal Investigation Division due to wounds sustained when an IED blew up near him. Now with the Lake City Police Department, he's rooming with his good buddy and partner, Cole, while he figures out his family dynamics.

Physician Assistant Lainie Jackson is eighteen months out from an attempted murder perpetrated by her ex, which ended when she managed to grab the weapon and shoot him. When he appears to have survived and is back to finish the job he started, Lainie insists it's not possible. But someone keeps trying to kill her, and she keeps seeing his face.

Together, Lainie and James must work together to find out who exactly is after her and why he wants her dead. And failure is not an option.

You can read an excerpt here.

You can watch the book trailer here.

My Review:

This is the first in a new series from Eason. The plot is quite involved and seemed almost beyond belief. The villain's motive was reasonable but the amount of planning and work and the number of people that went into exercising the nefarious deed was a bit much. Eason said in her notes this was a difficult plot to flesh out and I believe it.

Nonetheless, it is a good psychological thriller. We are kept in the dark about the truth of who is out to kill Lainie and why. There are some good suspense scenes. The romance aspect is subtle, done well, and takes a back seat to the mystery. I like that. The characters are developed well and Eason's writing style is a pleasure to experience. A faith message is present but mostly vague.

I liked the novel, even if I thought too much work and too many people were involved in the villain's work. I do enjoy a good inspirational romantic suspense and look forward to more in this series.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Lynette Eason is the USA Today bestselling author of Double Take, as well as the Extreme Measures, Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband. They have two adult children. Learn more at

Revell, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(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.)

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