Crossroads Crisis Center book 2
by Vicki Hinze
-From the back cover-
Her Enemy Will Stop At Nothing For Control...
She Will Risk Everything For Freedom.
A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper's idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly remarries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart – and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch's evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize the chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe – and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections, including former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life – and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. All as one questions haunts them: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it's too late?
This Book earned a 4 Bark rating.
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This book was an emotional ride through some very dark topics. I was amazed how, despite the difficult topics of murder, abuse, kidnapping, human trafficking, the author kept the story from being impossibly dark and hopeless. Yes, these things were not whitewashed, but hope shone through on every page. Specifically the hope that comes from Jesus, and the inner strength and courage that only He can give.
The characters are not victims paralyzed by fear. They fight back, try to survive and do what is right. They sacrifice personal safety for each other and for strangers. It reminds me of the thought, “if not me, then who will?”
Deadly Ties moves around geographically, Florida, Louisiana, Mexico. Not bogging the story down, the author handles the scenery in this book very well. Enhancing the story, the senses are drawn in with the sights, sounds, smells. As a reader I like to read a book that engages not only my emotions but immerses me into the story so that when I put it down I have to 'return to the real world', this book did it very well.
One of the best suspense series' that I have read, it's nice that I already have the final book on my TBR shelf.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze a 4 Bark rating.
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Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 8, 2011)