Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Final Target by Janice Cantore

Posted February 16, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Janice Cantore, mystery/suspense, romance / 40 Comments


One Final Target book review

One Final Target by Janice CantoreONE FINAL TARGET by Janice Cantore
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2024
PAGES: 364

Two wounded heroes shattered by tragedy and paralyzed by guilt and must find their footing and work together to catch a killer.

A warrant service in the San Bernardino Mountains goes horribly wrong when an IED blast kills four police officers. Devastated by the loss of her team, the lone survivor, Long Beach sergeant Jodie King, struggles with her guilt and grief, especially as the case remains open with no clear leads or suspects. Weeks after the explosion, Jodie retires from the police department and returns to the mountain bomb site seeking peace and resolution . . . only to find herself in the crosshairs once again.

Sam Gresham just happens to be in the right place at the right time when shots are fired at Jodie. The newest detective for the county sheriff’s department, Sam is assigned to work the IED, his first case back after his own traumatic loss. While Sam sees an opportunity to help Jodie heal from her lingering scars, Jodie hopes fresh eyes will bring new insight to the investigation. Because after this latest shooting, one thing seems clear: Jodie has always been the intended target—and the threat may be much closer to her than anyone wants to admit.

Janice Cantore delivers another pulse-pounding contemporary romantic suspense novel about overcoming grief and learning to trust again.


God is good, even when life is not.

Oh my goodness, One Final Target is a tension-filled ride with complex layers and surprising twists.

The story kicks off with a bang, and I was instantly engrossed in who wanted Jodie’s team – and herself – dead. I felt as though I too were trying to stay a step ahead of the danger that plagues Sam and Jodie at every turn, and I stayed firmly invested in trying to figure out who was behind the threats to her life and who could be trusted. Cantore caught me off guard more than once with a plot turn, and I only saw the final answer just ahead of our intrepid heroes.

Both Jodie and Sam are incredibly compelling main characters, and the differences in how each is coping with their traumatic on-the-job losses and subsequent survivor’s guilt made them all the more so. There are no pat answers to their authentic and raw questions for God, especially Jodie’s, and the author doesn’t give any, even as she keeps pointing them back to the truth of His Word. And while I didn’t go into this novel expecting the faith thread to be so impactful, it nevertheless resonated deeply with me – as I suspect it will for anyone who has ever wrestled with how to reconcile God’s goodness with soul-deep grief and disappointment in what He allowed to happen.

Bottom Line: One Final Target is one of my new favorites by Janice Cantore. The suspense thread kept me on the edge of my seat, the gentle romance made me happy, and the exploration of the goodness of God in the ‘badness’ of life rang true for my own journey. The author’s experience in the law enforcement field gives her novels depth and detail when it comes to police procedure, and One Final Target is no exception. I learned new things, gained new perspectives, and enjoyed myself all at the same time. An entertaining romantic suspense with meaning and insight.

(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: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Janice Cantore

A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. She now lives in Florida, where she enjoys ocean swimming, golfing, spending time on the beach, and going on long walks with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.

Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. She has penned fourteen novels: the Line of Duty series—Crisis Shot, Lethal Target, and Cold Aim; the Cold Case Justice series—Drawing Fire, Burning Proof, and Catching Heat; the Pacific Coast Justice series—Accused, Abducted, and Avenged; the Brinna Caruso novels—Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat; and three standalones—Breach of Honor, Code of Courage, and One Final Target.

Visit Janice’s website at janicecantore.com and connect with her on Facebook at @JaniceCantore and at the Romantic Suspense A-TEAM group.

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40 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Final Target by Janice Cantore

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on ONE FINAL TARGET by Janice Cantore.

    Love romantic suspense books and this one sounds like one I just know I’m going to love reading. Exciting cover – love the way the action is in the background of the title!

  2. Nancy

    I would like to read One Final Target by Janice Cantore because the author’s police career is sure to make her books authentic.

  3. Amy M.

    The fact that she’s a former police officer always brings something ‘extra’ to her books that make them even more ‘alive’ to me.

  4. MS Barb

    I have read other books by Janice which were very well written, and this book sounds like another winner!

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