Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Critical Threat by Lynette Eason Book Review

About the Book:

FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley tracks serial killers, using her skills as a psychiatrist and behavioral analyst to get dangerous people off the street and safely behind bars. But prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe knows that just because a killer is incarcerated doesn't mean they're not a threat. His own father, Peter, is a serial killer--in prison but certainly not out of Sam's life, as much as he wishes he was.

When bodies start showing up with startling similarities to Peter's MO, Sam and Grace are both called in to consult. They've met before, and though Grace thought they'd made a real connection, Sam ghosted her. They'll have to get past the awkwardness and mistrust to solve this case--especially because it's about to get personal.

My Review:

This is another good inspirational romantic suspense from Eason. Though it is part of a series, each novel focuses on a particular character so it reads really well on its own.

The plot is good as Grace, a behavioral scientist, attempts to create a profile of a gruesome serial killer. She is hampered by drama in her own family. She partners in her work with a man who is also of potential romantic interest.

The killer targets Grace and that provides for some suspense. Even after an attack, Grace manages to wander on her own and, of course, another attack. It irritates me when suspense is generated by lack of due diligence by agents. I was happy to see that the final suspense was generated because the killer outwitted agents.

I liked this novel. I liked Grace, even if she was too assured of her own abilities and got herself into trouble. Sam, the prison psychiatrist, is a suitable fellow with whom to work to uncover the killer. Both come from families with troubles and their family drama balances out the intensity of the FBI investigative work. The resolution was not such a surprise as astute readers will have figured out much of it by the end.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can read my reviews of the previous books in the series: Life Flight and Crossfire.

About the Author:

Lynette Eason
 is the USA Today bestselling author of Life Flight, Crossfire, and Critical Threat, as well as the 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 www.lynetteeason.com.

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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