Title: Lethal Legacy
Author: Irene Hannon
Series: Guardians Of Justice
Published: August 1, 2012
Kelly Warren believes that her fathers suicide wasn’t really a suicide. After she receives a note attached to some flower bulbs her father sent her, she believes that her father’s death was murder, not suicide. She’s convinced this new evidence is enough to reopen her father’s case, even if the police aren’t as convinced. And after a near death she is even more charged to find something to prove that her father was murdered.
Detective Cole Taylor doesn’t fully believe that her evidence is proof that he was murdered, but he does think it is strange. However, nothing in the case file suggests foul play and he’s more apt to believe that than circumstantial evidence. But, when he digs deeper into the past, he finds shocking information linking Kelly and her family to long buried secret. Then the danger escalates and he feels the need to protect her.
Though they feel an attraction, they can’t explore it until after the case is closed again, but that can get difficult when they’re pushed together during difficult situations. Their attraction starts to grow as they uncover more and more secrets about Kelly’s life and her family that she had no idea existed, but will their growing relationship be cut short by someone looking to keep their deeds a secret?
Will they be able to find proof to find an convict the killer or will he be free to kill again? Will they be able to find the killer before he comes after Kelly or will her life be cut short? Will their relationship last through this ordeal or will it die along with the adrenaline?
I’ve been a huge fan of Irene Hannon ever since I read one of her Love Inspired books and have enjoyed every single one that I’ve read from her. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to read the first two books in this series, but this book is great as a stand-alone title and it stood up to great reputation, in my mind, as a wonderfully unique suspense author.
By “wonderfully unique” I mean that she does things a little differently. Most suspense books that I read don’t really divulge who the killer is, they let you come to a conclusion and then show you who it is. This author shows the killer’s point of view, which I love, and then eases you into who the killer is. It’s a nice change from the normal and makes the story something that’s remembered because of it’s uniqueness.
Naturally, because of my obsession with the genre, I guessed who it was, but not too soon into the story. In fact, it took me a while to guess. So I spent a lot of my time trying to figure out who did it, and I must say that this author did a fantastic job at making a killer that wouldn’t be who you’d suspect. Also, the reason as to why he did it makes sense and is somewhat plausible. No complaints at all about the suspense in this book.
The romance in this story in typical for this genre. It focuses more on the suspense than the relationship between the two characters, which I don’t mind. It keeps the storyline simple and not too complicated. Though I probably would’ve liked a little more in the romance category, I appreciate this author’s way of focusing on the suspense instead of the romance. Though it leaves a little to be wanted, I’ve found that I love this author’s novels the way they are and they’re amazing, detailed romance or not.
This book improved my like of Irene Hannon, and I look forward to reading more from her and her suspense novels. Her style of writing perfectly fits the genre she writes in and the way she writes makes her an author that you must check out. I highly recommend her for those who haven’t read anything by her. I guarantee that you will become a fan like me.
Overall, a fantastic suspense novel from a fantastic author. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves suspense or romantic suspense. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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