Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog Tour: Too Close To Home (Review)


Looking for a new romantic suspense to read? If so, then the Woman of Justice series may fill the need.

The series, developed by Lynette Eason, opens with Too Close To Home, featuring FBI agent Samantha Cash and her attempts to solve a string of murders in a small, Southern town.

Following the pattern set by suspense writers everywhere, Eason adds in a few twists and turns, especially when she makes the story turn personal for Cash.

More About The Book - From the Publisher
Too Close to Home is the first novel in this new series, which renowned suspense author Dee Henderson called “a hit” and said that she “enjoyed every minute.”

In this thrilling first book, readers meet Samantha Cash, who is the FBI's secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help the local police chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There's her faith--in God and herself. And then there's the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife.

As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor's 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can't a girl just have some fun?

Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page, and will have readers cheering for the characters they love as justice is served and love grows even in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

What I Thought - The Review
Ok, when the publisher says "read this one with the lights on" um.... you better read it with the lights on - or at least don't do what I did and read it while house/dog sitting.

Let's just say, I didn't sleep much that night, because just as I got to an "intense" part, the dog I was watching proceeded to "bark" at something in the yard. (Yes, the rational part of my mind knew it was a skunk, rabbit or some other creature, but well, the subconscious mind was a bit freaked out).

I liked the characters introduced by Eason. I've read some of her other, shorter novels, and I appreciated how in this one, she was able to delve into the back story of the main characters. I think this added depth to the story.

I also liked the twists and turns found in the novel. Without giving it away, Eason managed to stump me - which was a pleasant surprise!

The only "down side" is that I figured out the "main" story theme - but not the ultimate villain - because well, I watch way too much CSI and Criminal Minds (I'm pretty sure this was in a Criminal Minds episode this season....which means it was a case of great minds thinking alike since both were probably written simultaneously,)

I'm really looking forward to the next novel, to see where Eason takes this series. Keep reading - spoiler alert - information about book two in the series can be found below.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, this book is definitely a 4. You'll probably want to keep this book around to read more than once - because if you are like me, you'll read it fast, the first time, to find out just what happens to Cash and the other characters. On the second time through, you can appreciate the different references and items Eason sprinkles throughout her manuscript.

Meet Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason is the author of Too Close to Home and three other romantic suspense novels. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

About the Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Discussion Questions
http://www.revellbooks.com/Media/MediaManager/TooCloseToHomeDiscussionQuestions.pdf

Read An Excerpt
http://www.revellbooks.com/Media/MediaManager/Excerpt_9780800733698.pdf

Buy It Online
Amazon,
Christianbook.com,
BarnesandNoble.com
and your local bookstore.

What's Next - Spoiler Alert  - Book 2 in the Series
Twelve years ago, forensic anthropologist Jamie Cash survived a brutal kidnapping, torture, and rape. After years of therapy, she has made a life for herself--though one that is haunted by memories of her terrifying past. She finally lets herself get close to a man, FBI agent Dakota Richards, when signs start appearing that point to one frightening fact--her attacker is back and ready to finish the job he started all those year ago. Can she escape his grasp a second time? And will she ever be able to let down her guard enough to find true love?

Filled with heart-stopping suspense, gritty realism, and a touch of romance, Don't Look Back is the second book in the Women of Justice series. Readers will be hooked from the beginning, finding that once you are in Lynette Eason's world, you're trapped until you turn the very last page.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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