Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double Cross by Diann Mills - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Diann Mills


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.


FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon. As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Double Cross, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
I want you to find God and hold on as tightly as you can.”  (p. 263)

Dianne Mills conveys this message through her characters’ lives in her latest novel, Double Cross.  She takes the one least worthy of trust and displays God’s transformative power in a profound way.  She takes those most likely to be lauded as heroes and displays a total lack of faith and fear of anyone who shows the love of God toward them.  She takes the toughest character and displays an humble, unwavering faith despite the misgivings he has about his ability to trust his own feelings.

In other words, the characters you will meet in Double Cross are very human in every aspect.  Their doubt, fear and mistrust of others provides the perfect palette on which God can paint a canvas of grace and mercy.  Trust – more to the point – duplicity plays a very powerful  role in its own right.  From the criminals taking advantage of the elderly to the money and greed that drives the hired guns to destroy life, there are lots of folks to be vetted before the truth is revealed.   The danger is real, and there are some who don’t survive.

This is another tightly woven story with an escalating measure of suspense and romance.  All of the plot lines weave together in perfect timing to keep the reader glued to their seats!  You don’t want to miss Double Cross.  You will be stunned and the many twists and turns along the way, but very satisfied with the conclusion!  Happy reading!

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