February 8 – March 5, 2021 Tour
Only Kelly Irvin could pen a novel that delivers a high body count AND a serious case of the feels!
When a bomb explodes near the end of a climate debate organized by librarian and event planner, Jackie Santoro, she tops the lists of possible suspects. Not because she’s an outspoken activist, but as retaliation for her disgraced father who committed suicide.
Though a local group claims responsibility for the bombing, Detective Avery Wick keeps Jackie as a prime suspect because of her motives. However, he isn’t completely convinced the attractive librarian is responsible for the devastation that took the life of one of her closest friends. When there’s another bombing, Wick is sure Jackie is innocent and tries to keep her close while giving her the room he shouldn’t to clear her name.
But does Jackie have him fooled?
Time is running out as more lives are lost and the library’s biggest annual event nears. Will there be more bombs?
Fantastic writing takes an ordinary plot and turns it into a maze with plenty of obstacles and false exits.
Wick is a by-the-book detective who’s perfectly flawed. His growing attraction and feelings for Jackie cause him to stumble a time or two, but keeps his focus to solve his case and keep Jackie safe.
I was annoyed with Jackie several times because I didn’t feel she took the overall situation serious enough. However, her strength and confidence kept me in her corner. Her father’s death has left her once close-knit family in disarray and she needs to find the person who targeted him as well as clear her name… possibly.
I also enjoyed how the author nails Jackie’s character as a woman of faith. Her beliefs and principles are part of who she is and woven through the story without being showcased, over-the-top, preachy, or judgmental. She’s a dedicated librarian, a top-notch event planner, and a Christian. Period.
The city of San Antonio, Texas and its diverse culture and history are almost as much a character as the setting of this page-turner that will satisfy readers of suspense and romance.
He’s a cop trying to stop a serial bomber. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her own name.
When a deadly bomb goes off during a climate change debate, librarian and event coordinator Jackie Santoro becomes the prime suspect. Her motive, according to Detective Avery Wick: to avenge the suicide of her prominent father, who was accused of crimes by a city councilman attending the event.
Though Avery has doubts about Jackie’s guilt, he can’t exonerate her even after an extremist group takes responsibility for the bombing and continues to attack San Antonio’s treasured public spaces.
As Jackie tries to hold her shattered family together, she has no choice but to proceed with plans for the Caterina Ball, the library system’s biggest annual fundraiser. But she also fears the event provides the perfect opportunity for the bomber to strike again.
Despite their mistrust, Jackie and Avery join forces to unmask the truth—before the death toll mounts even higher.
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785231900 (ISBN13: 9780785231905)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
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