Review of: Hostile Intent by Lynnette Eason
I've enjoyed other books by this author SOOO much more than this one, which didn't appear as well thought-out and was honestly really hard for me to buy into, due to all the contradictory information. The action & pace are on-point, but unfortunately the relationships didn't seem realistic - Ava & Caden were supposed to be best friends growing up, but didn't seem to know each other at all. I also found Ava & her family's backstory to require a major suspension of disbelief in numerous ways - why didn't the killer come after her brother or mother, both of whom would have been just as easy to locate? Ava questioned her father's love for her mother vs. another woman, which was never fully explained. And how would he have met with her secretly and managed to hide all his family's photographs or real identity without her mother/ brother getting suspicious? Also, there really wasn't any mystery to be solved - readers knew the culprit from the beginning, although his rationale also never really came together. For a book that is marketed as a clean & Christian read, I also found it too disturbing as there was needless killing of children and talk of torture chambers & instruments. This being said, the author does have a gift for crafting suspenseful romantic thrillers, and I've enjoyed her other books much more than this particular one. It is still a good suspense read, nevertheless with a happy ending for the heroine & love interest, and I liked that other characters in the series were featured in this book. It pains me a little to say it but I'd give this one 2.5 or 3 stars vs. 4-5 which I'm used to giving for this wonderful author.