My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Three-Time RITA Award Winner Delivers Another Heart-Stopping Thriller
After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.
Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.
Finn McGregor is the youngest of three brothers and the last to leave his Special Forces career. I loved the other two but I think I liked Finn best of all. He's struggling with PTSD and an injured leg. But that doesn't keep him from going into knight-in-shining-armor mode when he hears the terrified screams coming from his neighbors house. And that's just the beginning of the newest fast paced suspense story from the talented Irene Hannon.
Finn's neighbor, Dana, is recovering from some trauma of her own and despite the way they meet, she quickly falls under the spell of this wounded warrior. When he makes excuses to come around she gladly lets him. As disquieting incidents around her escalate, Dana relies more and more on Finn to help keep her safe and figure out what is going on. I loved the growing relationship between these two and the fact that they are honest with each other, which keeps them from the misunderstandings that plague a lot of relationships.
The suspense in this book is less than some I've read by this author but I still liked the way it was handled. You know who the bad guys are early on but I like the way she portrays the Chief and the struggle that he is going through. What would it take to make you so desperate that you'd do something criminal? And would it turn you into a cold-blooded killer or would you still have enough conscience to do the right thing in the end? Two different men - two different outcomes? Interesting.
I liked the secluded lake setting (more suspenseful) and the small town vibe with the sweet know-it-all owner of the town cafe. I also liked the inclusion of the other two McGregor brothers in part of the book and that you get a glimpse of the continuation of their relationships. All in all , a very well written suspense book that will keep your attention and leave you satisfied and looking forward to her next series!
*Thanks to Revell Books for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers' Best Awards, and a National Readers' Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.