After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents' lives come back to haunt her. "There is proof." PI Luke Murphy can't stop thinking about what Abby's former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby's parents and his uncle, he's reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective. A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?
After much soul-searching, Abby finds her way back, but her former partner’s declaration that “there is proof” throws her into the never-out-of-her-mind case of the restaurant fire that claimed the lives of her parents twenty-seven years ago.
The second in the Cold Case Justice series, the story focuses Abby’s calling while simultaneously revealing truth as the investigation into the fire that claimed the lives of Abby’s parents some twenty-seven years ago unfolds. A subplot involves Abby’s conflict with choosing between her police work and joining her fiancé, Ethan, in the mission field. Will the detective’s growing attraction to a private investigator who lost an uncle in the fire that claimed Abby’s parents cause trouble for the engaged couple? Will the investigation into the fire leave Abby with more questions than answers?
Cleverly plotted, populated with well-developed, realistic characters, this faith-based story draws on compelling suspense and unexpected plot twists to spin out an absorbing tale that readers will find difficult to set aside before turning the final page.
Author: Janice Cantore
My rating is 5 stars.
The Cold Case Justice series begins with the novel, Drawing Fire where we are introduced to three main characters. One is Detective Abby Hart who lost her parents in a fire
In the latest novel, we find all three characters working together at various times and for various reasons. Like when Woody and Luke both sign up for the new federal task force dealing with cold cases. Readers will also become engrossed in Abby’s conundrum as she is engaged to a missionary named Ethan, but finds her heart unsure whenever Luke is around.
Janice Cantore writes some of the best works of fiction because she expertly introduces a new twist in the plot that will keep readers guessing as they progress in the book! There is more going on than what one might think as I learned when I read her stories. She has a way of throwing uncertainty into a readers mind right when you thought you might figure out where the plot was going to end up.
A main theme is the series is learning to see how good God is when His answers aren’t as forthcoming to our prayers as we might want Him to be. The author does a wonderful job of not giving “pat answers” to who God is or why He allows tough experiences to enter into someone’s life. The characters that had to wrestle with these issues had to remember to draw near to God instead of pulling away. The other lesson is remembering who He really is and firm up their understanding of Him by reading Hs Word. Above all, the affected characters voiced their feelings, frustrations and questions.
I cannot wait for the next installment as I feel like I am hanging on to a great cliff hanger! Join me by reading this series and Janice’s other works of fiction that are great suspense and thriller books!
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I liked seeing how Abby worked through her emotions. She knew what needed to happen, but had to struggle to make it occur. I liked seeing how the relationship between Luke and Abby progressed and how they worked to get the truth out. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good character working relationship and suspense.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.