Closer Than She Knows
by Kelly Irvin
on Tour June 22 - July 24, 2020
A serial killer bent on revenge . . . and striking too close to home.
Teagan O’Rourke has always loved murder mysteries. In her job as a court reporter, she has written official records for dozens of real-life murders. She’s slapped evidence stickers on crime scene photos. She’s listened to hours of chilling testimony. But she’s never known the smell of death. And she never thought she might be a victim.
A young police officer is murdered just inches away from her, and then a man calling himself a serial killer starts leaving Teagan notes, signing each with the name of a different murderer from her favorite mystery novels.
Panicked, Teagan turns to her friend Max Kennedy. Max longs for more than friendship with Teagan, but he fears she’ll never trust someone with a past like his. He wonders how much of God’s “tough love” he can take before he gives up on love completely. And he wonders if he’ll be able to keep Teagan alive long enough to find out.
As Teagan, Max, and Teagan’s police officer father race to track down the elusive killer, they each know they could be the next victim. Desperate to save those she loves, Teagan battles fears that once haunted her in childhood. Nothing seems to stop this obsessed murderer. No matter what she does, he seems to be getting closer.
This novel is not for the weak of heart. A serial killer is on the loose. The body count is serious and the murders are gruesome. This is not a cozy mystery.
I found it interesting to learn about being a court reporter. I liked the portrayal of Max's faith. A recovering alcoholic, he relied on his faith daily. Teagan's faith was not so well established. Her character was a bit contradictory, naively believing in the goodness of people yet not wanting to have children because of how bad people are making the world. While I felt good about Max's faith journey in the end, Teagan's faith was still vague at the end.
One of my pet peeves is suspense caused by stupidity on the part of the heroine and hero. Teagan and Max and Leyla made dumb choices that put their lives in danger. And another pet peeve is the cavalry coming over the hill when all is lost. Ah, two pet peeves in this thriller.
In general, this is a good Christian romantic suspense with a few flaws. There are discussions questions included.
My rating: 4/5.
Book Details:Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 9th 2020
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785231862 (ISBN13: 9780785231868)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Kelly Irvin is a bestselling author and two-time Carol Award finalist. She is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.
(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.)