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Book Review: AFTERMATH

BOOK BY: Terri Blackstock

A page-turning, nail-biting, who done it new release from Terri Blackstock will have readers hooked until the final page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I can’t believe this is the first suspense I’ve read by this author!

Terri Blackstock is a talented writer who keeps readers guessing until the very end.

A victim of a stadium bombing copes with the trauma of leaving her friends behind to rescue herself. An innocent veteran is accused of the attack. A criminal defence lawyer who knows the accused. A best friend and wife’s last hope is an experimental treatment. All of these characters have something to prove and their paths will twist, turn and cross in so many different ways it may leave your brain spinning.

Descriptions of the bombing, post-traumatic stress, and the struggle with cancer and experimental treatments are detailed and create empathy toward the victims and their families. There’s a beautiful faith thread that ties two of the characters together, bringing about forgiveness and restoration into each of their lives.

An excellent read that I didn’t want to put down.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: ACTIVE DEFENSE (Danger Never Sleeps #3)

BOOK BY: Lynette Eason

This third novel in the Danger Never Sleeps series by Lynette Eason started off with a bang and then seemed to slow for me. Perhaps I’m experiencing reader fatigue considering the number of books I’ve read during lock-down. It took me several chapters to get into the storyline despite the author’s ability to spin a tale of intrigue and crazy suspense.

Military surgeon Heather Fontaine has seen enough of the devastation of war and lives with the nightmare of losing a child on her operating table. She returns stateside and has an eerie feeling that the war hadn’t stayed behind in Afghanistan.

There are plenty of hair-raising moments through the pages of Active Defense, sprinkled with a bit of romance. The narrative is easy and evenly-paced, keeping the reader engaged for the most part.

I admit, the first twist in the book totally threw me off. It was one of those – “oh really?” kind of moments. A moment that I wanted to throw the book across the room and stop reading (but I didn’t want to break my tablet).

BUT… I’d invested too much time to give up. I

’m glad I didn’t, because the last half of the book pulled me in until I read the final phrase. There’s more action, explanations that make sense, and goose-bump moments that will have you reading until the wee hours of the morning.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: NORTHERN PROTECTOR (HEROES OF THE TUNDRA #2)

BOOK BY: Laurie Wood

As always, Laurie Wood delivers a compelling story.

The story takes us back to Churchill, MB an isolated but perfect setting for a page-turning police procedural to take place. With vivid descriptions and hair raising scenes, readers will be treated to an experience one soon won’t forget.

Injured RCMP officer Ben Roper returns to Churchill, MB a mere nine months after his run-in with a mama polar bear. No amount of plastic surgery, physio therapy or counselling sessions could prepare Ben for life back north. The scars of his past are more than skin-deep.

Nurse Joy Gallagher is happy to see Ben back at work, but her medical eye is quick to see his pain is causing a formed dependency on pain-killers and that he’s not as well as he claims to be.

When the town experiences a murder of a young woman, the scene is eerily familiar to Joy and her family. And one that Ben will stop at nothing to solve.

I quite enjoyed this read, especially the faith journey the characters go through as they face some pretty harsh situations.

The author does a tremendous job in showing sensitivity and weaving a message of hope in a terrible situation.

Sensitive topics covered: PTSD, drug addiction, abuse.

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