Book Review: Tracking the Truth by Dana Mentink

Posted May 26, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, Dana Mentink, mystery/suspense, romance / 4 Comments

Tracking the Truth book review

Tracking the Truth by Dana MentinkTRACKING THE TRUTH by Dana Mentink
Security Hounds Investigations #1

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2024
PAGES: 208

To expose a suspect, he needs evidence…

and a K-9’s instincts.

After Emery Duncan is abducted and dumped in a lake, private investigator Roman Wolfe and his bloodhound partner rescue her from an icy death. Someone doesn’t want Emery to find out what really happened the night her father confessed to attempted murder. To keep Emery and her baby nephew safe, they must uncover the connection between her father’s confession and the attack…or they’ll be silenced for good.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


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If there was no other reason to love Tracking the Truth besides Wally the quirky bloodhound, that would be enough. Fortunately, Dana Mentink has this story packed with edge-of-your-seat suspense, witty writing, and sweet romance – as well as setting up this new series so perfectly – so there are plenty of reasons to love the book.

Wally and his longsuffering handler Roman (who really adores him) make a great comedy duo, with Roman playing the straight man, and while Wally definitely has his own way of doing things he gets it right when it counts. For his own part, Roman has a layered backstory peppered with painful abandonment and betrayal but also the kind of fierce love that welcomed him with open arms & made him family by choice. His relationship with Emery is caught up in the middle of this complexity, and I thought the author realistically paced both Roman and Emery’s feelings as they worked through the hurt. Along those same lines, Roman’s faith journey read very authentically without overpowering the story. Emery has her own share of complications, and I really loved her personality, her inner strength (though I sighed at some of her stubbornness – say yes to the hunky guy who wants to help you!! lol) and her loyalty to her family in spite of the pain they’ve caused her.

The suspense is, true to form for this imprint, a whirlwind of danger and suspects and exudes the sense of ‘look-over-your-shoulder-constantly’ while you read. We start off with Emery’s life on the line, and the poor girl doesn’t get to enjoy the reality of her rescue for long! She and Roman and Wally, as well as her nephew and a friend, go through the wringer while trying to figure out who wants her dead, what really happened to her sister, and if her dad might be innocent of murder after all. Every time I found myself in a scene that felt relaxed or peaceful I knew that more tension and danger would show up at any minute, and I loved it! There are some great twists that the author saves for just the right moments, and she gives Wally plenty of time to shine as the unlikely hero.

Bottom Line: Tracking the Truth by Dana Mentink is a high-stakes fight for survival, a witty comedy, a touching story of faith & found family, and a sweet romance all in one. The star of the show (and don’t tell me otherwise) is Wally, the remedial bloodhound with a personality as big as his nose. I always love the way Mentink writes her dog characters, but Wally may have just edged out Sweetness as my fave. Watching Roman and Emery work through their layered backstories, including their shared trauma, made their romance all the sweeter, and the exploration of forgiveness rang true. Fast-paced, action-packed suspense rounds out the mix to keep you on the edge of your seat, and I’m already eager for the next book in the series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink is a USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. She’s written more than forty mystery and suspense novels for Love Inspired Suspense, Harvest House, and Poisoned Pen Press. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Medallion Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at to sign up for her newsletter, or find her on Twitter, Facebook and Bookbub.

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