Saturday, May 9, 2015
My Review: No Place to Hide
Another great cover from Revell! I love the different colors and how the covers for this series are following a similar style, with the shadow.
She'll defend her friend until the bitter end - But is she in over her head?
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe.
About the Author:
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.
My Review: 4.5 stars
No Place to Hide is the final book in Lynette Eason’s Hidden Identity series. Though I’m sad to see it end, I raced through this book, wanting to find out how it was going to end. I’ve loved all of Lynette’s other books so I jumped at the chance to review this one! It definitely met my expectations and surpassed most of them.
Lynette always does a fantastic job with the technical details and this book is no exception. I love all of the information she was able to include, without bogging down the story or making it feel like a text book. The amount of research necessary for this book alone boggles my mind. I have no idea how she kept everything straight! I loved the several view points, as it ramped the suspense up even further. I struggled to keep up at first, but after a couple chapters I began figuring out who everyone was and really enjoyed the incorporation of so many characters. The writing is seamless and never lags. The suspense kept my attention from the first page to the last and caused more than one late night spent reading. I definitely had a book hangover at work the next day!
I loved Jackie Sellers and Ian Lockwood, the main characters. They are both very realistic and I was able to easily relate to them. I enjoyed following them as they worked to prove their innocence and solve the case. Jackie has a personal reason for helping Ian and wanting to clear her own name is only part of it. She is strong and bold, taking charge quickly and is always planning for the next step. I love that Lynette’s heroines are such strong women, but also that the heroes are confident enough to handle it. Ian doesn’t get upset with her, but rather relies on her knowledge to help them. I’m not saying that Ian is a wimp or anything. He definitely has his own skills and they need them several times.
Ian is an interesting hero. He is very atypical in that he isn’t a bodyguard, or law enforcement, or a cowboy, or anything overly macho. Instead, he’s a medical researcher working with potentially deadly viruses. I really appreciated the way Lynette writes him. Though he is a bit of a geek, he doesn’t seem less than manly. Instead he is confident, even though he is in over his head. He is also strong in his faith, something that comes into conversation more than once.
The romance is kept very low-key, something that really works well with this story. It is kept in the background and is quite realistic. If it had been more in the forefront, I think it would have become annoying or perhaps seemed unbelievable. With everything going on, it would have just been in the way and possibly overwhelmed the story.
I think my favorite part of the story was the spiritual themes. Jackie doesn’t believe that God loves her any longer, while Ian still has the strong faith of his childhood. I really enjoyed the conversations they had about her faith and the things that she struggles with. An overarching theme is God’s goodness in the face of pain and evil. This is something I’ve spent copious amounts of time considering, so I was very interested to see how Lynette handled this difficult topic. She did an excellent job of answering the question without offering the usual answers and platitudes, something I really appreciated.
My only complaint is that I would have liked more descriptions for the characters. I had a difficult time forming an image of them in my mind and it took me a while to gather enough details of their appearance to move past that distraction.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense that keeps you guessing!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review! I hope you enjoyed it! I'm hoping to be able to start posting on a more regular basis. We'll see how that works out. :)
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