Kate O’Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker–along with some last-minute evidence–that convicted the suspect.
She’s been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn’t the murderer and she’s been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she’ll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.
SERIES: Defenders of Justice #2
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2017
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“…real safety isn’t a place you are. It’s being held in God’s arms.”
Wow! What an intense ride! A serial killer on the loose plus a US Marshal charged to protect the only survivor equals masterfully written tension and suspense. Add in a quiet small town nestled in a mountain lake cove? The stuff of thrillers.
I love Kate’s character! Her gracious heart is evident, and so is her will to survive. As the novel progresses – while you’re gnawing your nails to the quick and frantically turning pages – we see her will to live emerge as well. Tony is a swoonworthy hero in his own right, but the connection between him and Kate is electric. Even as a friendship, the way his eyes center her when she’s feeling vulnerable – so sweet.
Nancy Mehl has done a phenomenal job in this book (and its predecessor) of creating settings and characters that heighten the tension and contribute to the helpless feeling that the reader experiences as we experience the plot vicariously through the characters. As with Fatal Frost, this story is multi-layered and dimensional. In fact, once you discover one layer, you’ve unearthed about ten more to take its place!
Bottom Line: Dark Deception is a thrilling roller coaster ride of emotion and suspense. While the romance in this particular novel is light, it is there and adds an even deeper – and more tender – layer to the already high tension. Readers will be on the edges of their favorite reading chairs from start to finish, the twists and turns of the mountain road mirroring the twists and turns of the riveting plot. The faith element to the book is authentic and sincere, as well as relevant, without being preachy. A few familiar faces from the first book return in Dark Deception, but it can be read as a standalone as well!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Can’t put it down!
KissingBook Level: 2 / Sweet & tender
Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-three books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She is a Carol Award finalist and writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson.
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What about you? If you could reinvent your life through Witness Protection (minus, you know, the reason you’re IN Witness Protection lol), what would you want to do and where would you want to go?