I really enjoyed Book Two of the Private Justice series. Character development is well done. Lead characters Laura and James are believable and their story is sweet. The story moves along at a good pace, dialogue is excellent. This is a book that I was excited to finish, to see the end conclusion. Well worth your time.
When Laura Griffith's teenage sister Darcy runs away from home, Laura is determined to track her down and bring her back safely. Laura hires private investigator and former ATF agent James "Dev" Devlin in the hope that with his help, they will be able to find Darcy quickly, before she becomes victim to the winter weather or to unsavory characters. But as time goes on and the trail gets cold, Dev and Laura begin to suspect the worst. Will they be able to find Darcy before it's too late?
Fraught with danger, brimming with suspense, this tale is one that kept me turning the pages. I'm already a big fan of Irene Hannon's novels, and I've looked forward to reading Trapped with a great deal of anticipation, particularly since learning that this latest novel features a librarian as its heroine. Yes, I am slightly biased on that point, being a librarian myself, but there you have it. I'm pleased to report that Trapped did not disappoint. Once again, Hannon has lived up to her reputation as queen of inspirational romantic suspense.
I enjoyed watching the romance blossom between hero and heroine over the course of the book, but the element that made this story stand out in my mind was Hannon's portrayal of the villain. Early on, you know that there's something not quite right about him, but the more you learn about his background and the current situation over the course of the story, the creepier the situation becomes and the more the suspense is heightened. I am impressed with Hannon's ability to craft a complex believable villain who is capable of committing heinous crimes and yet believes that what he's doing is for the best. It makes for a fascinating read.
I read and reviewed Vanished, the first book in this series, not that long ago. As I read this one, I was struck by how similar the two novels are to each other. There were quite a few deja vu moments for me, as I read scenes that felt eerily familiar because of their parallels to similar scenes in the earlier novel. If you have read Vanished, you will enjoy getting reacquainted with a number of familiar characters and meeting some new ones. If you have not read it yet, don't worry. The books complement each other but do not depend upon each other to understand and follow the story. In my opinion, you won't be missing anything should you decide to read them out of order.
For those who enjoy reading inspirational romantic suspense, I highly recommend Trapped, as well as its predecessor Vanished. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series. From what I've heard, Deceived is due out this summer, and if it's anything like the first two in the Private Justice series, it should be a treat.
Thank you to the publisher, Revell, for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book through NetGalley for review purposes. For some great discussion questions, check out the author's web site.
Trapped is an exciting thriller with a bit of faith and a bit of romance wrapped in. The book is believable and seems to parallel events found in the national news two or three times a year.
Darcy Griffith had disappeared. A runaway that did not want to be found and a police department that did not want to be bothered. It would fall on her half-sister, Laura, to find her before it was too late. Laura turned to Phoenix, Inc., a private detective agency composed of three former law enforcement officers, and to James "Dev" Devlin specifically.
The two weeks that passed from the day she walked out the door to the night she was found nearly fried to death seemed like an eternity. But in the midst of the fright, Laura and Darcy would discover the power of love and prayer, a lesson that all must learn.
When Laura first walked into "Dev"s office, neither the detective nor the client were looking for love. But in the days ahead, they learned to trust and lean on each other. God had to work in both of them, bringing healing from past failures and tragedy. But God would work out the kinks and quirks in their relationship so they could move forward.
Whether the reader is looking for a thriller, the role that faith can play in the desperate lives of individuals, or the growth of a relationship over time, Trapped delivers. I am ready to find the first book in the Private Justice series, Vanished, or the next book in the series, Deceived, planned for the summer of 2014.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Wow! I am so impressed with this book. And let me start off by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, Vanished, and had absolutely no problem at all following this story.
The author did a great job of writing an extremely suspenseful story, full of interesting characters. I loved the dynamic between Dev and Laura, as they fought the attraction they were feeling toward each other. Dev is the Private Investigator that Laura has hired to find her runaway half-sister, Darcy. I appreciated the author's ability to make me understand, through hearing Darcy's thoughts throughout her portions of the story, what her motivation had been to run away from home. I was able to feel empathy toward Dev, Laura and Darcy in the various situations they faced.
And might I add that the author did a great job of creating a well-developed villain. At one point I turned to my husband and said, "Uh oh_this guy's about to show us his â€˜crazy'." She crafted a truly messed up human being with all kinds of issues.
This story kept me turning the page, wanting more till the very end. I now look forward to going back and reading the first book in the series, as well as this author's other books. Trapped was the first book that I have read by Irene Hannon and it will not be the last!
I received a complimentary copy of Trapped from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.