The Survivor (Crime Scene: Houston)

by DiAnn Mills

Paperback, 2013



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Zondervan (2013), 384 pages


Is it her next bestseller . . . Or her last words? In The Chase, award-winning author DiAnn Mills introduced you to the world of Kariss Walker, the bestselling suspense author with a nose for trouble. In The Survivor, Kariss gets the chance to tell her most powerful story yet. But will it revitalize her writing career? Or bring it to a violent end? Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into danger. Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss's new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find out who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold case?… (more)


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384 p.; 8.5 inches



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LibraryThing member mbarkman
In The Survivor DiAnn Mills actually gives the reader two stories in one...and though it could be confusing, she manages to use this method to increase the tension, the drama and your adrenaline. I have so far not read book one in the series, The Chase, and yet I did not find it at all detrimental.
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When I do go back and read the first one, I will likely have some spaces filled that I was not aware of being empty. That is the trade mark of a good author, I believe. This is really an edge of your seat page turner, and I found it difficult to come back to the real world, or even to have time to breathe. The characters are human, complete with flaws and strengths, the evil believable, yet conquered. Though at time the story seems dark and forbidding, there is hope and light at the end of it. Not all of the people were loveable, but that gives the story a deeper context.
More and more I am thinking that things are not what they seem, and the things I see, remember or read, as in this novel, I will do so in the light of my own experiences, dreams and life. In case you are not sure, The Survivor has found a place on my Keeper Shelf!
I received this novel free from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
I like to accompany my daily walk with a fast-paced, suspense-filled book. Diann Mills book The Survivor, book 2 in the Crime Scene: Houston series, fit the bill nicely. I had read The Chase, book 1 in the series, some months back so was familiar with the main characters. While it is not necessary
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to read the first book to enjoy The Survivor, I recommend reading it in order to see the development of the characters’ relationship with each other and with God.

Kariss is contacted by crime victim, now counselor, Amy Garrett, about writing a novel to chronicle her ordeal and to help others face their fears. Kariss has vowed that she will not again put herself in harms way while researching a novel, but Amy’s story seems to have made the wrong people mad. Her relationship with Tigo Harris, an FBI agent, has ended, but when the story research and a high profile car bombing/murder intersect, they are put together again to discover who is threatening Kariss and his connection with Tigo’s case.

Mills has written a puzzling suspense novel well suited to the audiobook format. The reader did a good job of narration without intruding on the story. The characters are likable, although Kariss is a frustrating character. She wavers back and forth about her safety and her desire to defy the threats on her life. There is a romantic thread in the story as well and it develops very nicely.

All in all, I would recommend The Survivor in whatever format you may choose.

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