Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Trapped (Review)


Irene Hannon has done it again. She has taken her skills as a mystery writer, and crafted a novel that is suspenseful, full of intrigue and kept my interest.

Trapped is the second of Hannon's third series witth Revell Books. The first series revolved around the military, the second, pulled in law enforcement/FBI guys.

This series, Private Justice, focuses on a trio of guys who run a private investigative service in St. Louis - with a variety of law enforcement/military experience in their backgrounds - and the women who come into their lives via their work.

I am a fan of Hannon's work. She's one of four Christian suspense authors I follow with dedication. The fact that her novels are set in Missouri, well, that adds an additional layer I appreciate.

She reminds me some of Dee Henderson, another suspense writer, who captured my attention more than a decade ago. In fact, one of the reasons Hannon caught my eye, with her first full-length novel, is because Henderson "endorsed" her work. She's definitely a must read for fans of Henderson.

This novel focuses on Laura Griffith, a sister desperate to find her 16-year-old sister who disappeared on a frigid February day in St. Louis.

Laura decides to do whatever it takes to find the runaway, even if it involves recruiting an ATF agent turned private investigator, James Devlin to help.

What starts as the case of a missing teen, who appears to be a runaway, evolves into something sinister and at times, gut wrenching. If anything, it also shows how one decision, which seems simple at the time, can lead to circumstances beyond a person's control.

Trapped has intrigue, suspense and of course, a dash of romance. Once again, the romance is tempered by the main focus of the story - the mystery.

On a scale of one to five, I give this series a solid four, and this novel, a four. Once again, Hannon created a book that held my attention, and captured my interest from start to finish.

About The Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series.

Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

For more information about Hannon or her books, visit www.irenehannon.com.

Online Resources
Buy it on Amazon
Read an excerpt online
Download the book club reading guide

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Books, 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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