Series: Private Justice
Author: Irene Hannon
Published: September 1, 2013
Laura Griffith’s life is altered when her sixteen years old half sister comes to live with her. They clash from the beginning, but when she runs off, Laura is determined to do anything possible to find her. Armed only with a brief note and a referral to Phoenix, Inc. Laura has no idea what she’s gotten herself into or what will happen because of her sister’s rebellion.
When James Devlin, a former ATF agent, is hired to find a runaway, he’s not prepared for the attraction he feels for Laura or the cold trail the teen leaves behind. With time of the essence, Dev does his best to find Laura’s sister before she gets into something worse than bad company, but with the trail going cold quickly, his hope is beginning to wane.
The deeper Laura and Dev dig, the more their forbidden attraction grows and the more their hope dwindles of finding Laura’s sister in time. However, Dev begins to suspect something sinister is at work with the girl’s disappearance and the more dangerous this man hunt gets. This situation might just be life or death and Dev doesn’t want to make a mistake that costs lives. Not again.
Can Laura find her sister before it’s too late or will her sister disappear never to be found again? Can Dev overcome his past and move on or will he forever hold onto his mistakes? What kind of trouble did Laura’s sister get into and will it cost her her life? Will Dev and Laura be able to date after they close the case or will their attraction fall apart under the pressure?
Irene Hannon has done it again! Having read almost all of her books, I’ve come to expect a taut suspense with a sweet romance and that’s exactly what I got. This novel is by far my favorite of hers yet and it was something I hadn’t had in a very long time, if ever. Irene Hannon should be deeply proud of this book and I look forward to her next book on this series.
This suspense is in a class all its own. This book brought chills up my spine and was actually pretty creepy. What made it so creepy was how realistic it was and likely it is that this happens, the character that is behind the creepy seems somewhat quirky in public and them is a complete psycho in private. His younger life and his reasons for what he was doing did draw some compassion from me, though. Maybe it was just me, but there were times I just felt sorry for him. It also kept up an amazingly quick pace that actually made me stay up and extra hour just to finish it. I can’t divulge too much or it will ruin it completely but this is easily one of the creepiest books I’ve read in a long time, if ever.
The character development was impeccable. I felt each character was realistic in everything and the character that I was most able to feel for was Darcy, the runaway. I could feel her fear, apprehension, and joy like it was my own and that definitely notched up the chill factor of this novel. I also loved how Laura didn’t seem much like fighter until the chips were down. I loved the 180 from the character I thought I knew.
The romance was pretty good too. In most cases, one thing or another had to take the backseat to the main story and in Irene Hannon’s case that usually means that the romance is more of a back story the main one and this book was no different and that was a good thing for me. However, I did feel like this romance was more prevalent than some of her other novels and the parts that had romance were amazing. I loved it and I think this author’s getting better with her incorporation skills.
Irene Hannon has never ceased to amaze me with what she can come up with and this time is no different. This book was positively none chilling as I can’t wait to see how she’s going to top it in her next one. I’ve always been a fan of hers but with this one she has climbed the ranks and has marked her spot on my list. I love her work and she and this book come very highly recommended.
Overall, I loved this book. I have no complaints about the fast and scary pace, the characters or the romance. This book is perfect for people who like a like a little goose bumps with their suspense. This book is best left to the adults, but can be used as a very important message for children and adolescents. I give this book a five out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*