Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog Tour: Shattered Silence (Review)

Cody Jackson moved to a smaller town for a variety of reasons - to get his son out of the dangers of Houston, and so solve the attempted murder of his mentor.

The first day proves one thing: Life is definitely not quiet in a small, boarder town.

As Jackson and local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, work together to investigate a series of murders, they discover that villain in an unexpected place.

This is the second book in the "Texas Rangers" series by Margaret Daley for Abingdon Press. It opens with a murder and keeps moving until it's final page.

What I like: Daley is good at combining mystery, suspense and romance in a novel. The book has just the right mixture of the three elements.

I like how she keeps the villain a surprise - and a wee bit unexpected (it's not someone you first imagine.) She is good at building characters and creating interesting and unique situations.

Another plus: even though it's book two, it truly is a "stand alone" book. If you didn't read book one, you won't find yourself lost trying to catch up with missing dialogue.

What frustrates me: In both this novel and in the first book, Saving Hope, the book moves at a "warp" speed as we find out who the serial killer's identity. But then, it "drops" off. It just ends. The conclusion seems rushed and as if there's something missing.

Jackson is in the town for two reasons - to pull his son away from the influences of his stepfather, and to solve the attempted murder of his mentor. Neither of these two story lines came to a satisfactory resolution.

On the scale of one to five, I give this book (and series) a solid three. The novels are interesting and solid. While they are a wee bit predictable, they are a good read - especially if you are looking for something with the twist of suspense.

More About The Book
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.

While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

About The Author
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest.

Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest.

She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines.

Online Resources
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Net Galley's blogger program. 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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