By Kelly Bridgewater
First, computer specialist Laney Ryan's accused of kidnapping her neighbor's daughter—and now someone's trying to kill her. The police don't believe Laney's story…except for Detective Mark James, whose instincts say Laney isn't guilty. Together, Mark and Laney must figure out who really abducted the teen and uncover why they're framing Laney. But when their search for the truth turns deadly, Mark realizes his feelings for Laney aren't strictly professional and that he'll stop at nothing to keep her safe. With a dangerous suspect swiftly closing in, can they find the missing girl and clear Laney's name…before their possible future together is fatally cut short?
Christy Barritt is at it again. With her latest Love Inspired Suspense novel, Shadow of Suspicion, I really was drawn into the story right away with the doors banging open and invading Laney's home. From there on, the rest of the story lives up to the same height of rush and hide. Something happened at the end of every chapter, capturing my intrigue and making me flip the pages to see what happens next. The romance between Laney and Mark doesn't even hint at anything until page 100. It slowly progresses, and then ends up at a predictable marriage. I know it is required of this publisher, but it always makes me shake my head. Except for the romance, I really like Barritt's take on how she created Laney to be the perfect suspect for the kidnapping, but she laid the story out so well that I didn't figure out who the main bad guy was. I highly recommend this story for fans of Barritt's other works and fans of the Love Inspired Suspense line.
I received a complimentary copy of Shadow of Suspicion from Christy Barritt, but my opinions are my own.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Do you like to read the Love Inspired line? Regular Romance? Suspense? Historical? What draws you to this genre? If not, what repeals you from these books?