Torrence Campbell was transported to Sage Medical Center ER after her involvement in a high-speed, T-boned motor vehicle accident. And she's pregnant. Dr. Lilly Reeves is ready to leave at the end of her shift, but can't find her keys, so she takes the Trauma Code call. Mother and baby don't survive. One of the nurses, Sonya, knew her and they were due on the same day.
Detective Nathan Long thinks the MVA was intentional. But he has skeletons in his closet that cause him to second guess himself throughout the story. He will need to learn to push through it. Will he be able to set it aside and work it out to be of value to Lilly?
Dr. Lilly Reeves is brutally raped. Her coping skills deteriorate to the point of losing her job. She's outraged that a serial rapist is out there and the police have yet to notify the public. She's now pregnant, livid, and obsessed! Once she's stabilized, she decides to search on her own to find the proof she needs to put away the man she knows is the serial rapist. But the DNA doesn't match!
Jordyn Redwood, in Proof, has outdone herself in her debut medical and crime thriller novel. The trauma is portrayed so realistically that you feel like you know the women personally. The medical aspects were thorough and educational. All the characters are richly described and personable, except for the rapist. He's haughty, bold, and vicious in his attacks. He's one person I would love to see behind bars!
The multiple twists and turns in the storyline are hair-raising episodes that don't stop, beginning with the first page to the very last. The scenarios keep you pumped and on the edge of your seat as they transpire. The cat-and-mouse games become dangerous and deadly. Will Lilly find the information that is necessary to take down the perpetrator before he gets to her? And what a medical mystery! I never saw it coming!
Lilly learns to reach out to the Lord to keep her sanity and to stay safe. The help of her friends, Dana and Kadin, is the beginning of a changed life.
To distract from the horrors of the trauma and dangerous episodes, there is a rival romance going on between Detective Long and Dr. Daughtry for the hand of Lilly. You'll have to read the book to see if she chooses either one.
Jordyn is an author you will definitely want to keep tabs on. This is only book one of the Bloodline Trilogy. Can't wait for the next book!
This book was provided free by Susan Sleeman of The Suspense Zone in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
This is a pretty strong debut from a new author, Jordyn Redwood. I was impressed with the originality of the story line in a medical suspense. Sometimes medical books can get over your head but this one didn't even though there is a lot of talk of DNA, genetics and a couple things I don't want to give away. Jordyn kept it understandable and engaging. On top of that she gives us some very interesting characters to connect with. Lily and Dana are best friends and medical professionals. Kadin is an OB/GYN that works with them and would like a relationship with Lily but she isn't a Christian. Nathan enters the story as a detective who gets wrapped up with them through a case that Lily stumbles into and then is shoved head long into. There is a serial rapist on the loose that the police haven't informed the public about and things are going to get much worse before they can possibly get better.
I was very engaged in this story from the beginning. I also couldn't predict exactly what would happen or why they couldn't pin the rapist for his crimes... normally I can by part way into the book. It was nice to be reading a suspense that was really suspenseful for me - looking forward to more from Jordyn Redwood!
Warning: If you are about to read this book, late at night, loss of sleep is almost guaranteed. You will NOT want to put this one down until you finish, but trust me, it's well worth it! If you love a great suspense thriller, then you will want to pick up Proof by Jordyn Redwood, the first book in the Bloodline Trilogy. This one is definitely geared to hook you from the first page and keep you turning pages as fast as you can because it's that good!
Emergency Room doctor, Lilly Reeves has seemed to misplace her keys and since she can't head home without them. Until she does, her boss Dr. Anderson, suggests she take the next trauma case slated to arrive. Little does Lilly know how different her life will be connected with the victim, Torrence Campbell. She's been involved in a car accident and upon arriving in the ER, Lilly learns that the victim is pregnant. Not only that, she learns that this may have not been an accident after all and that someone intentionally meant to cause this. While she fights to save Torrence's life, she pages the OB on call and learns that Kadin is the attending. He retrieves the baby so they can concentrate on saving the mother.
When Detective Nathan Long arrives at the ER, he immediately wants to talk to Torrence, but she is completely unresponsive and Lilly isn't sure she will make it. She learns that besides being the target of intended car accident, she is also the only witness in her rape case. She can identify her attacker and it seems that his case is about to go unsolved unless they can save Torrence's life.
Aside from waiting on the results of what Lilly believes is brain swelling, she has to wait to see if Torrence will regain consciousnesses but it doesn't look like it. Only time will tell. So as she heads home, she finds her keys sitting on her bag as if someone just set them there. Lilly will soon learn just how this insignificant event is about to change her life forever.
In the Bloodline Trilogy, Proof by Jordyn Redwood is a physiological thriller that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat as you work with Detective Nathan Long to figure out who this serial rapist is and if they can stop him before he claims his next victim. Will Lilly survive or does she possess something that the killer wants to keep hidden and will stop at nothing until she is dead? This novel combines some of the best elements in Christian fiction, spiritual warfare along with roller-coaster suspense for a faith filled book that will definitely leave you wanting more.
I received this book compliments of Kregel Publications and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have this one on my top MUST READ list to make sure I stay on top of each the sequels to see how this will all end up! Jordyn Redwood is the next and coming author that you will want to remember after reading this debut novel! She will be the one to watch! I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars because for me, if I can't put the book down to finish anything in my life at the current moment, then that's a keeper for me.
"Proof" is nothing short of an adrenaline ride from beginning to end. From that first trauma ER scene in the opening chapter, I was hooked. Lilly Reeves is a competent doctor, able to tackle whatever barrels through her ER doors, but she never expected to lose the strength she placed in her job, in her security, when it's all stripped away from her.
The crimes are grisly ones. The victims are suffering. The villain seemingly uncatchable, even when it would seem he's in the cop's grasp.
I was in awe of the intricacies that went into plotting these crimes. The novel certainly isn't for the faint of heart, but while Lilly might come across as unlikeable to some readers, I found her a hurting soul in need of healing.
I couldn't imagine being traumatized as Lilly was and then not having faith on top of that? I'm not sure how she made it through, but she did and none of it on her own power. When I finally made it to the happily ever after, I was so pleased to see the changes made in her "life" on the pages of the novel.
"Proof" is definitely what I'd consider an excellent debut novel. It has adrenaline thrills and shattering lows and above all, the promising glimmer of hope that the best is yet to come.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
Author, Jordyn Redmond writes from the standpoint and first-hand knowledge of a long-time experienced emergency room nurse. In her first novel, Proof, she opens with a fast paced scene in the ER with Dr. Lilly Reeves handling a recent rape case. She confronts the on hand detective in the ER about the "serial" rapist at large. Little did Dr. Reeves know that she would be the next victim.
The character of Dr. Reeves is strong as is typical of a woman doctor. She is strong in the medical profession and in her ability to diagnose and investigate medically the cases brought to her. She is not so strong emotionally because she is has a complex history which creates in her a complex individual.
Dr. Lilly realizes that she know facts that will help identify the assailant and an accusation is made. DNA Tests are run but the accused is freed because the results say he is not the one. However, she knows identifying characteristics that make her realize that something is askew about the test results. The medical twists and turns of this maze will confound even the experts.
She has friends in the ER with whom she works that are supportive and caring. They are also the ones who believe her - up to a point - as she tries to find proof of her assailant before he finds and eliminates her. As the story unfolds and her life seems to completely unravel, we find a soft romance beginning to bloom and it is really a treat to see this need filled in her life.
This is a fast paced story that is replete with medical terminology that will sit well with those "in the know" an will be a strong selling point for authenticity for this the first in Jordyn Redmond's Bloodline Triology.
This book would be categorized as a medical/criminal thriller. It is indeed that. I look forward to the next book from Jordyn Redmond in the Bloodline Triology. It is sure to be another block buster.
I received my copy of Proof as a prize from an online drawing. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.