Detective Avery North is a woman consumed by her job with the Atlanta Police Department, by her responsibilities as a single parent and by her grief from the death of her husband and her brother in separate incidents in the line of duty. When two Asian girls with magnolia tattoos are murdered, Avery discovers a sinister crime ring that may shed some light on her brother's murder.
Avery is good at her job, but she struggles with her personal life. Thought it has been several years since the death of her husband, she is still doubting herself in her role as a single parent and protecting her 12-year-old daughter. She is trying to date again and is falling for a handsome associate medical examiner. After hours, she is trying to solve her brother's murder thinking that doing so will bring some normalcy back to her life.
"Dangerous Passages" by Lisa Harris is full of action, suspense and romance. Avery North is a new kind of hero and you won't put this book down until you read the last word. I am so hoping there's a sequel with her character in it.
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Well, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it fell a bit flat for me. The characters and storyline were interesting and promising, but that just wasn't quite enough. There were a couple times when things were just too implausible, and it seemed like every time the action really got pumping - all of a sudden things came to a screeching halt so there could be a lengthy discussion about something. Then things would get going again ... and it would happen all over again. Aaargh! I found it frustrating and wordy. I really wanted to like this book!
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Oh wow! I read another of Lisa's books several years ago and was so excited when I found out she had a new book coming out this year. And let me tell you ... it was amazing!
Dangerous Passages features Atlanta dective, Avery North. She's a widowed mother raising a pre-teen daughter, in a new dating relationship with medical examiner Jackson Bryant, an anchor for her extended family, investigating her brother's death. And on top of all of that, she's trying to solve the murder cases of two Jane Does. This story becomes more and more complex. However, I never felt lost or confused. Instead, the author crafted an intricate story, adding layer upon layer to keep me guessing as to what would happen next. I realized early on that there was much more to these two murders than met the eye, but it wasn't until the very end that I fully understood everything. Definitely the mark of a great story-teller!
I also enjoyed that while this book is definitely a romantic suspense, the two are balanced well. I never felt that one outweighed the other or stole the show, so to speak. Of course, Jackson is definitely worthy of his status as the hero of this story and I loved how he "forced" Avery to let him take care of her sometimes. I also liked the unique fact that they were already somewhat involved prior to the book. It just made for an interesting twist, and it seemed that we got to see more of the development of their relationshipâ€”rather than just the beginning.
I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! Highly recommend! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.
When I was invited to review Dangerous Passage I thought I'd give it a shot because it's the first in a new series. And it may have potential, but for me it falls a little flat. I absolutely LOVE the way Lisa entwines Christian faith and prayer throughout, but sometimes the personal life scenes lulled and the mystery/investigation dragged I felt. I love the fact that this is set in the deep south, and I enjoy the characters overall. So while I think this series can get much better as it goes on Dangerous Passage leaves me conflicted. There are things I loved and really enjoyed, but there where things that seemed a little slow and made the pace of the story drag. I sound like a broken record here. But that's how Dangerous Passage left me, "Oh I loved that part...oh but that one was just okay.". The overall mystery was interesting and I loved the fact that there is one small detail that if missed the whole thing would have gone unsolved. Really I think my favorite parts are the Faith and prayer scenes and the personal mystery woven in that Avery investigates on her own time. I love the length of the chapters and the quirkiness of some of the characters. The way it ended I must see where it goes next, but I hope the next mystery picks up a little with the intrigue and pace. There's also something I felt was lacking in the relationship department also. I'm not sure if it was too comfortable or if I just wanted a little more from it. I kinda felt like I walked into it in the middle and they where already in love, but I missed all the good stuff. Sadly I was hoping throughout the whole thing that someone else would spark her interest and then there would be the conflict of a "which one do I choose" kinda thing. I don't really know how I feel after finishing. I am VERY conflicted. I will recommend this book for the Faith scenes and personal mystery alone. Maybe you will get a different feel for it than I did. I'm wondering if I just WANTED to like too much...
Songs for Dangerous Passage: "Theme From Columbo" from TV Sounds Unlimited, "Bonanza" from The TV Theme Players, "Never Gone" by Colton Dixon, "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain, "Unforgettable (Duet with Nat "King" Cole) (2000 Digital Remaster)" by Nat King Cole
Psalm 23:4 and Psalm 18
*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest opinion.