Love Inspired Suspense
STORY-LINE REUNITED BY DANGER BY CAROL J. POST:
Police Officer Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyons feature in author Carol J. Post new mystery, suspense, romance Reunited By Danger. Amber receives facebook posts from her old friend, Ramona, begging her to come to the ten-year class reunion. Ramona says she has cancer and wishes to connect with the former group of six at the reunion.
Amber, a girl headed for no good in high school, ran with a bad crowd. Six of them who grouped together for drinking and fun. When one of the six is murdered at the reunion, Amber finds a one-line message near him. Each of them has mysteriously received cryptic messages from someone seeking vengeance for a past deed they feel the six are responsible.
Detective Caleb Lyons ran with the good crowd in school; always top grades, helping others, and a Christian to boot. These two must now work together in this case. Amber and Caleb, find her friends murdered one by one, as they receive messages of retaliation for the past. Caleb with his own demons, tries to get Amber to open up to him and tell all she knows? Will they solve this mystery? Can a relationship, possibly love, bloom between Amber and Caleb as they come closer and closer? My mystery suspense romance book reviews of Reunited By Danger follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Reunited In Danger grabbed me from the beginning of the book and did not let go until the last page. A fast-paced tale of vengeance, murder, and secrets, author Carol J. Post, crafted a first class story filled with mystery and suspense. I could relate to their immature behavior, as we all were immature in our teen years of high school. Post highlights the repercussions of immature behavior with the resulting damage and repercussions which occur.
I found the suspense and mystery is addictive as I became involved in the story-line. Then, I found myself asking: who’s going to be next and what happened on that night long ago? Post kept the identity of the murderer and secrets close to her chest and did not reveal either until absolutely necessary to the story-line. What event set the murderer on the trail of vengeance? Wondering if Amber’s involved and praying not, I impatiently clicked my E-reader screen, reading this book straight through as I had to know the answers.
Amber is ashamed and regrets her behavior all those years ago; she cannot forgive herself for many reasons. She carries a massive weight of guilt. Filling her life with activity from police work to fostering animals, she tries to make amends. Post matured Amber slowly throughout the book, bringing her to the realization of God‘s love and forgiveness.
Caleb has his own demons and guilt. Although a Christian, his past emotional trauma haunts him; he wrestles with his guilt and demons, searching for answers, and making deals with God. Finding himself drawn to Amber, will a romance bloom between these needy hearts in need of grace, hope, and forgiveness?
Post handled the religious aspects gracefully; religion did not take top billing in this story, only about 1/4 of the book tells the story of forgiveness and grace. Instead, Post let the characters personalities and lives show their beliefs. Caleb’s testimony made a significant impact on Amber as she realizes bad things also happen to good people. A beautiful, graceful way to add in God‘s love, grace, and forgiveness.
Will Amber let go the guilt and turmoil to live life according to God‘s plan? Will Caleb and Amber finally realize the past is exactly that, the past? Does the villain succeed in murdering the last two standing survivors? Do Amber and Caleb find a route to romance? Alternatively, will they go their separate ways, yet, whole and ready for life, and finally, who’s the killer? Nearing the end of the story, I began to see and guess the murderer; boy was I surprised; the reasons for getting revenge were also a huge surprise. To find all the answers, you will have to read this intriguing book.
As a book review blogger, I am supposed to tell what I did not like about the story. However, I can truthfully say, I found nothing. In Reunited By Danger by author Carol J. Post, I found a solid well-written suspense mystery with a touch of romance for those of us who like a little romance with our murder. The story’s well paced and the scenes transition well with writing which is easy to read and follow, as well as, flowing smoothly. The tension and mystery are kept at a high peak throughout, and the characters are well-developed. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
REUNITED BY DANGER RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
Reunited By Danger is a clean read; Post did not need fluff or sex to satisfy the reader; with sharp and creative writing, I never lost interest. Perfect for reading in your favorite chair with a beverage by your side. Book reviews for books like Reunited In Danger are a joy to create. I hope you enjoy this tale as much as I did.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to review the book with honest romance book reviews voluntarily. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews online and on my blog, are my opinions. Also, no one influences my voluntary mystery suspense romance book reviews.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR CAROL J. POST