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"Detective Josh Solomon always believed his wife's death was the result of a home invasion. But when he is pulled into a case with striking similarities, it doesn't take long for him to realize the chilling truth--the attack that took his wife's life was far from random."--
Warning: Spoiler Alert!
What I liked: It's a clean romance for the main characters--they don't go to bed with one another etc.; that both Josh and Caitlyn have their strengths and skills and use them; Eddie's loyalty to Josh; the guard's loyalty to Josh and willingness to help him even though it was a risk to himself; good suspenseful plot--I didn't have to suspend belief that they'd been attacked as many times as they were and come out unscathed (as I've had to do with some romantic suspense novels); there's a bit more Bible and discussion of Christian faith in this book than in some other books by this publisher in this genre
What I didn't like: A supporting character is having an affair and his meeting up with his mistress is shown in a scene in the book; Quinton's death--I didn't feel it was necessary to advance the plot and it meant losing a character we, as readers, had come to count on; dirty cops; greedy people who want to create a bioweapon
Questions I have:
At no point but especially when Josh is buying supplies for them, he doesn't seem to think about purchasing hair dye or scissors or reading glasses etc. to change one or both of their hair colors or to change one or both of their hairstyles or to try to change their appearances. I think he does grow his facial hair out some--probably more because he's too busy to shave (and didn't buy razors that I remember) but very little is done to try to disguise Caitlyn's appearance. He's a cop so this shouldn't be too far-fetched an idea for him. Quentin doesn't seem to think of this either when he arranges a safe house in Galveston--even though he did lay in some supplies for them (like food).
The charges against Josh seem to go away with a minimum of fuss--I'm not sure that would happen in real life. He really did escape from prison--granted he shouldn't have been there in the first place so I guess that could be an argument for dropping those charges, but for most of us, we'd have to go back to prison while the red tape and paperwork were sorted out (or at least to the prison hospital ward). Josh just seems to get sent home.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Lisa Harris
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an inspiring read! The fact that the characters don’t have picture perfect lives is engaging. Lisa Harris does a masterful job of letting her characters wrestle with real life
In a masterful stroke of her pen, Lisa starts the story with her main lead male character, Josh Solomon, having to come upon his wife fighting for her life. From there, we travel with Josh as he handles the fall out from his wife’s choices. He then encounters Caitlyn Lindsey who was just run off the road on purpose. These two characters end up trying to stay ahead of someone intent on them disappearing permanently. In their moments of calm, storm, fighting for justice or life, what rises to the top is their heart and faith. How does one live a life of faith when everyday they see death, greed, destruction and the wrong choices people make that affect the lives of many?
Once you start reading the novel, I am thinking that like me you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the conclusion. It is mesmerizing, entertaining, filled with suspense along with surprising turns in the plot! Whether Lisa’s works are new to you or not, this is one story you’re going to want to spend an afternoon or two relishing!
Enjoy the novel and then share it with other readers so they can too!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
This is Detective Josh Solomon's thought as he finds himself being interrogated as a suspect in his wife's murder. The irony is that two men have already been convicted for this murder that occurred one year earlier but suddenly, after a series of questionable
Deadly Intentions is an exciting and intriguing tale that left me needing to learn more and I found it hard to put down as I searched for the cause of all of this madness. A deadly virus that could be used as a bio-weapon if put in the wrong hands appears to be the motive behind the many murders and now, in their race to find answers, Josh and Caitlyn are apparently the next targets!
Author Lisa Harris has an unique way of showing both the good and evil in mankind and I appreciate that she often shares a faith-based message in her books. In Deadly Intentions, Josh and Caitlyn both pray as they face the dangerous situations but Caitlyn struggles with her relationship with God. 'What was she supposed to do when she couldn't hear God's voice? When she had no idea what to do next?'
Deadly Intentions is filled with excitement, danger, and suspense and there is also the promise of a romance between Josh and Caitlyn. Readers who enjoy romantic suspense and Christian fiction are in for a treat!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and these are my own thoughts.
Detective Josh Solomon is still mourning his late wife Olivia, whose death was a result of a home invasion gone bad. Or so he thought. When one of Olivia's former co-workers approaches Josh with her suspicions about other deaths, Josh realizes
Wow, this book was BORING. It had a great premise and started off with a bang with a prologue that hit the ground running. I was so excited! Then the writing goes downhill. In chapter 1 we are introduced to Caitlyn. How does author Lisa Harris manage to make the action seem too fast and too slow (and never just right) at the same time? Caitlyn gets run off the road immediately after asking questions at a coworker's funeral. I found this part annoyingly unrealistic. If you really had an evil conglomerate of people needing to keep things quiet, they wouldn't be so obvious. This action is what I mean by "too fast" -- it shouldn't have taken place so soon. But then after this incident all action comes to a screeching halt as Caitlyn thinks about what to do and finally settles on telling Josh. And the entire time she and Josh meet and discuss plans of action, there is absolutely zero action -- all talk. Hence my comment about "too slow."
What I found incredibly frustrating was that there is an inordinate amount of conversation between Caitlyn and Josh with NO plot advancement. The reader is already aware of everything Josh knows, as well as everything Caitlyn knows. So when Caitlyn and Josh get together and have to catch each other up, the author should have just covered that with a simple "They got each other up to speed over coffee." Instead, Harris rehashes EVERYTHING by painstakingly having Caitlyn and Josh explain everything to each other -- everything that the reader already knows and doesn't want to hear again. Good grief. Let's get on with the plot already. There's no need to rehash everything.
By page 65 (the start of chapter 7), I'd given up on the book because it wasn't getting any more interesting. I was bored out of my mind. At this point I started skimming in an attempt to finish the book somehow. Also, Josh's budding attraction to Caitlyn turned me off. His wife had just died a few months ago -- and violently, too, so I would have expected Josh to still be grieving and needing closure before developing feelings for another woman. By page 98 (the start of chapter 11), I gave up entirely and stopped reading. I couldn't stand it anymore; I was so bored. Mind you, this book was 297 pages long, so I got through only 1/3 of it. There's no way I was going to subject myself to 200 more pages.
Also, this book was not promoted as Christian fiction, and it should have been. (In fact, the back cover shows the category to be simply Romantic Suspense, and that is misleading.) Not being familiar with author Lisa Harris, I assumed the book was standard mystery thriller/romantic suspense fare. So I was taken aback when all of a sudden Caitlyn invokes God. This was a huge turnoff. I don't think it is necessary to include these random mentions of God and church in a book of this genre. It feels gratuitous. And not making it clear that this is Christian fiction feels deceptive on the part of the author's marketing team.
I loved this plot line and all the twists and turns. It kept me guessing and had my heart racing many times.
These characters were easy to relate to and very entertaining. Caitlyn and Josh were both so
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean heart racing entertainement.
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I was quickly intrigued by the first
Both of the main characters felt authentic, and I cared about what happened to them. Their stories captured me quickly, and though the pacing slowed in some places, I never lost interest. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I look forward to more of her crafty work.
Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review.
From one page to the next you will not see most of the action coming, or whom to trust, and the surprises abound as we attempt to get answers.
The book starts out with a
This become a read that you need to get the last page for answers, and find the path to justice is full of deep pot holes.
I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
The addition of Josh in the story is perfect as he tries to help Caitlyn unravel lies and reach the truth in this edge of your seat mystery. Josh is still grieving the loss of someone which could hamper his investigation, but he knows that Caitlyn needs his help. The author puts plenty of twists in the story that kept me guessing. The faith element was good and elevated the story with hope. I loved reading this very intriguing story and following along as Caitlyn and Josh put their lives at risk to find answers.
I was provided an arc copy of this book from Revell Publishing, The review is my own opinion.
I found I really cared about the characters and really wanted to see them succeed in figuring out what happened and of course to find each other.
If you like mysteries with the anticipation
Enjoy this well written mystery. The advantage to reading this if you are not a Christian is it is a clean book, skipping the profanity and bedroom scenes you see in so many other books.
I was given an ARC in the hope of an honest review.
After three of her coworkers die protecting a top-secret project, Caitlyn Lindsey contacts the detective-husband of one of the victims, Josh Solomon. What could be so important people were expendable
This book rates right up there with the chillers and thrillers. I love the touch of bioterrorism, the medical explanations that are simple enough for a layman to understand, and the absolute terror element without venturing into the horror genre. I love how Harris weaves in the faith component. It is clear, timely, very apropos, and short, not preachy.
Because of the compelling nature of Ms. Harris’s writing, I was able to read this book through in 5 to 6 hours, at one sitting. Whew! That’s all the excitement I can handle at one time!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This does not affect my opinions, which are solely my own.
Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey suspects something nefarious connects the tragedies happening around her, and
I enjoyed Deadly Intentions. The plot kept me guessing, the characters kept me rooting for the truth, and the spiritual message left me feeling uplifted.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
Caitlyn Lindsey, MedTECH researcher, is being stalked for reasons she can’t even imagine. The twists and turns in this incredible story just don’t stop until the very end and then you still wonder if they really answered all the questions! Murder, questionable vaccine trials, leaky vaccines, poisonings, cars run off the road, shots fired....the edge of your seat action will keep you guessing. Who really is behind all of this?
Published by Revell and Baker Publishing Group, this one is not to be missed! The comments and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.
By: Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris is new to me, and I like her writing style. This story really packs a punch. It's action from start to finish with a compelling premise. I was
I was given a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.