Saturday, April 17, 2010

Too Close To Home - REVIEWED

“Somehow he had to come up with a plan that would allow him to be both the dad he needed to be and the cop he was born to be.” (p.32)

Connor Wolfe is a homicide detective with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and he is facing one of the greatest trials of his life – trying to be the single parent of his very headstrong teen-age daughter, Jenna. Connor has allowed himself to become rather cynical toward his life, and when teen age girls start missing from the community, only to turn up dead several months later, his role as a single dad suddenly becomes overwhelming.

Samantha Cash is a special agent who is highly trained to track down the cyber paths left behind by today’s technology. When she is called in to try and determine whether or not similarities exist between the missing teen age girls in the area, she approaches the task with these words: “Okay God. I’m here. Show me the way, use my skills and let’s get this guy off the streets.” (p. 34) Now, don’t tell me that the Lord doesn’t have a sense of humor! Samantha proves to be significant in this story both personally and professionally in the life of Connor and his daughter Jenna. However, the crimes they must investigate throughout the story will make you wonder whether any of them will ever survive to see the benefit of their relationship!!

Have mercy! Lynette Eason knows how to grab a reader and take ‘em on a thrill ride! Too Close to Home may be her eighth novel, but it is my first encounter with her work, and I am hooked! I love a good suspenseful story, and this one combines several realistic elements to create a pretty creepy tale! Cyber-stalking, kidnapping, human trafficking – all of this and more create a rather bleak picture in this rural South Carolina town. Both Samantha and Connor have a very personal stake in their desire to bring this killer to justice, and the stakes grow even higher as the story progresses!

And let me tell you this…Eason hides her bad guy in plain sight so well that you will get goose bumps on top of your goose bumps when you realize what’s going on!! Those last hundred pages or so will absolutely creep you out! The entire story is filled with one event after the other that builds momentum so well that you are totally engrossed before you even realize it. So, hang on to your hats readers, and grab a copy of Too Close to Home! Oh, and the epilogue…will only make you feel even creepier and want to bite your nails until the next installment of the Women of Justice series releases in September!! Did I tell you how good this author is? I’m hooked!


Lynette Eason is the author of Too Close to Home and three other romantic suspense novels. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

Yeah, I thought the epilogue was a dirty trick! LOL