Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

About the book:
Presumed dead by friends and family, Michael Hunt is alive – and on the run. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton – the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

My review:
This is the third in the Southern Crimes series. It can be read on its own but I would really recommend reading the others before this one. You can read my reviews of Dangerous Passage and Fatal Exchange to get an idea of what they are like.

This novel did not have as much suspense as I remember from the earlier ones in the series. There are long pauses between suspense scenes. This novel seems to be more about character interaction than suspenseful action. There is definitely a trust issue, as Michael must trust the daughter of the man who wants him dead. He seems to do that very easily, however. And he falls for the girl easily and quickly too.

I was a little disappointed in the lack of astute moves by Michael when he and Olivia were on the run. The bad guys got to them a couple of times because, it seemed to me, he just wasn't thinking of all the possible ways he could be followed or spotted. As an uncover agent, I would have thought he would focus more on the issues at hand rather than being so distracted by his romance with Olivia. Overall, I would say this is the weakest of the three novels.

That being said, I have really enjoyed this series. It has concentrated on three siblings with a policeman as a father. Two follow in his footsteps while a third is a teacher. Each has had a suspenseful novel and I assume this will finish the series. The Christian message has been strong. I liked the series well enough that I will be watching for the next book from Harris.

Lisa Harris won the Christ Award for the first book in this series, Dangerous Passage. She Is also the winner of the Best International Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. She and her family have been in Africa as missionaries for over a decade. She leads a women's group and runs a non-profit organization. Find out more at

Revell, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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