By K. L. Bridgewater
As an avid fan of mysteries, one of my favorite romantic suspense writers is Lynette Eason. I had the privelage of meeting her last February when I attended the Writer’s Advance Boot Camp in Asheville, North Carolina. She taught two classes, one on synopsis writing and the other on writing suspense. After seeing her exit the restroom, I walked up to her and asked if she would autograph one of my books. She smiled and said, “Certainly, I would be honored to.” I pulled out her book, Too Close to Home. Then we continued to talk. Lynette asked me what I wrote, romantic suspense, and how long I have been writing, 16 years. We kept on talking until the next class started. Before leaving, she told me to sign up for one of her mentor slots. I did.
The next day, I was nervous as went into her discussion, but I shouldn’t have been. Lynette was sweet and approachable. She read the first couple of pages of my manuscript, Missing. She hinted at some suggestions to make the story better then asked me to send her the first chapter, so she could spend more time on it at home. The rest of the story is history.
But today, I’m going to review Lynette Eason’s latest book, Nowhere to Turn. I was so excited when Revell sent out the email for the books to review for August, and Lynette’s book was on the list. I knew I would buy it anyways, but I was excited to have it before it left the stores and create a buzz about her writing.
This book features Dani Harding, an abused woman with her deaf twelve-year-old son, Simon. They are afraid of their father, Kurt, an FBI agent. As the story begins, Dani is packing up to leave him as he leaves to attend a conference. From the first page to the last, Lynette does a good job at creating suspenseful moments. Moments where the reader wants to keep flipping the pages because they don’t know how Dani and Simon are going to escape their destruction. Enters Adam, an employee of Operation Refuge, a tall handsome former cop who protects Dani and works on learning sign language, so he can communicate with Simon.
Just like all of Lynette’s books, her plots are well woven together that, as a reader, I have a hard time putting the book down to do other things. There are hidden people creeping under a boat, someone sneaking through the house, car chases, and many more high tension moments.
I love Lynette Eason’s books, and I give this one another five stars. Trust me. Lynette surprises us with who the real mastermind is. Even me, who usually figures out who the antagonist is before the end of the book, didn’t figure it out. She threw in a couple of twists to shake up the writer. I enjoyed it.
If you have read Lynette Eason’s books, which one is your favorite? What is your favorite part about mysteries or romantic suspense in general?
I received a complimentary copy of Nowhere to Turn from Revell publishing and all my opinions are my own.