My Review: Too Close to Home -- Lynette Eason

(Women of Justice, #1)
by Lynette Eason

Christian Fiction / Romantic Suspense

Revell Publishing
ISBN:  9780800733698



When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, the FBI sends in Special Agent Samantha Cash to help crack the case.  Her methods are invisible, and she never quits until the case is closed.

Homicide detective Connor Wolfe has his hands full.  His relationship with his headstrong daughter is in a tailspin, and the string of unsolved murders has the town demanding answers.  Connor is running out of ideas -- and time.

Samantha joins Connor in a race against the clock to save the next victim.  And the killer starts to get personal.

Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page even as love blossoms in the face of danger.  Read this one with the lights on!

What I thought:

WOW...just...WOW!  I don't even know where to start!

This was my first taste of Lynette Eason's spell-binding suspense, but it most definitely will NOT be my last!  Too Close to Home grabbed me from page one, and didn't let go 'til the very end.  I devoured it in less than 6 hours -- with a few annoying interruptions.  ;)

Even though there were times I wasn't sure I could go on, I just could NOT put this book down!  Those of you who know me well will understand what I mean by not being able to go on.  I'm not a fan of in-depth descriptions of murderous crimes -- or anything involving blood, gore, intense cruelty, etc. -- but, I seem to be drawn to them regardless.  I'm SO glad I took the time to read Too Close to Home, and I am SO excited that I get to read book #2, Don't Look Back, over the weekend.  HOORAY!!!

I always try my hardest to unravel the mystery as quickly as possible, but usually end up being completely bowled-over in the last few pages.  However, I'm happy to say, I actually figured this one out in just a few chapters.  I'm not sure what gave it away, but something just clicked and I knew who "The Agent" was, as well as, the reasons behind his horrendous actions.  It cast a completely different aspect on the story -- because I could see it from both sides -- which was an intriguing change of pace.

The story revolves around teenage girls being propositioned by an online predator, who they believe to be a modeling agent.  He chats with them until they get comfortable enough to send their picture to him, and eventually agree to meet him in person.  In this day and age, with technology so easily accessible by kids and teens -- this is a scary reality check for any parent.

I wasn't sure how God would be incorporated into this gripping story, but Ms. Eason made everything flow so perfectly that I was amazed with how naturally He fit into every situation.  It just goes to show that God really is there for us, no matter what struggles or hardships we may face on a day-to-day basis.

To find out more about Lynette Eason and/or her books, be sure to visit her website, or her blog.

*I won my copy @ Goodreads*


Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

This sounds like my cuppa tea! And it reminds me a lot of Predator, the last book by Terri Blackstock. Ooooo, if only my place wasn't so far down on the PBS wish list! :o)

Angie said...

Hmmm, I don't care for gore and such either but if you love this book I may just have to put it on my wish list and check it out. Thanks for sharing..great review! :)

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Christy - Terri Blackstock has some great series. I haven't read any of her recent releases yet.

Angie - There's not really any "gore", just some disturbing descriptions of crimes. To the average reader, it's probably nothing, but I'm not good with blood, or in-depth details of horrendous crimes. You know what I mean?

DH loves blood/gore, horror movies, etc., but I can't watch them with him. *shudder!*

You should defintely give this series a try, if you get the chance. :)