Seeds of Evidence
Lind J. White has our attention again
I am a reader and a writer of romantic suspense.
Linda J. White has given us a fast paced story, well researched and well written. I fell behind a little in the first pages, but quickly connected and found the story hard to put down.
Linda invites us into the psyche of FBI agent, Kit, who has suffered relational disappointment she cannot successfully analyze. Her divorce along with her rocky professional relationships drives her to her preferred vacation spot, Chincoteague, VA, hoping to gain perspective during her time of rest.
David, homicide detective, on leave following a shooting incident that leaves him troubled and distracted. He too is in need of perspective. He ends up on on the quiet, provincial island of Chincoteague, VA. for an extended sabbatical.
Our heroes cannot resist the call for justice when they come upon the body of a Latino boy on the Assateaugue beach. Their investigative journey will challenge their professional skills as well as their personal struggles. They must meet their "demons" head-on and emerge from this season with a matured understanding of themselves and the Savior who will never let them go.
Accurate description of the beautiful Chincoteague/Assateaugue scene which I know well. I love the god-conscious feel of the story journey. Linda's story is realistic, yet faith filled.
I recommend Seeds of Evidence, an exciting, encouraging read.
April 20, 2013
Super Summer Suspense Read
Seeds of Evidence by Linda J White is a suspense readers treasure trove. Chincoteague, one of Virginia's most idyllic locations, is painted in intrigue when the body of a young boy washes up on the beach. Kit McGovern, an FBI agent on vacation struggling with the big questions in life, dives into the case which expands from the death of a boy into the tawdry world of human trafficking. All the while she is wrestling with her insecurities and questions about life and relationships and an unexpected attraction. She collides with a Washington DC cop David O'Connor who is seeking healing for his shoulder and his heart in the quietness of the sleepy island.
White creates convincing characters and a setting that you can see, hear, and smell. Chincoteaugue comes to life. Her knowledge of world of FBI agents is evident throughout the book. The she deals with real life issues from a Jesus perspective that is true to my own questions in life. She has compassion for her characters and there is hope in a story that others might write as hopeless. The issue of human trafficking is obviously something that White is passionate about and something readers should be more deeply aware. And the plot is constantly moving forward, unlike some other suspense novels I've read lately!
It's a story that's complex enough to keep you turning pages, but light enough to sweep you away while listening to the lapping of the waves at the beach.
Pick it up now to have for vacation this summer!
April 18, 2013
It is on my favorites list.
I am a mystery lover.
I know a great story when I read it.
I know good writing when I see it.
And I know that whatever Linda J. White writes in the future, I intend to read it.
Consider this a full endorsement of Seeds of Evidence.
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the first page, whose pace requires you to read really fast to keep up, but you know that if you keep reading like the this the book will end sooner, and you don't want it to end.
In Seeds of Evidence, the mystery rings of reality and the characters ring of authenticity.
This is a book whose suspense level raises your heart-rate multiple times as you read.
The setting is Chincoteague Island, sister Island to Assateaugue which is home of the famous wild ponies. Linda J. White describes this beautiful island in all its wildness yet tranquility: the egrets stalking in the marches, the smell of grass and salt, the fierce thunderstorms that roll in in minutes and the rain that falls in sheets. The crunch of oyster shell parking lots, the purple and orange sunsets.
The characters are superb and the spiritual theme is perfectly done. It makes me so joyful when a Christian book is written so well!
The Main Characters: David, homicide detective who was told to take a six month break after a shooting incident when a teen boy was killed and he was injured. David is still waiting for the scar on his shoulder to heal, and he is convinced the ones in his mind never will. He is "resting" in an old house on Chincoteague, working to paint its siding to reduce his rent, listening to his Ipod to distract his wandering mind and trying to relax and enjoy the kayaking and surfing that the ocean offers.
Kit is an FBI agent come back to Chincoteague on vacation, hoping to find peace if not answers after her husband divorced her in a particularly cruel way.
Kit and David meet on the beach on the morning a little Latino boy is found dead, washed up on shore. In his pockets are half a dozen acorns, and in his rolled up sleeves are tomato seeds. Strange, small seeds of evidence, that lead to a mystery by no means simple.
My review in two sentences? Read Seeds of Evidence. It is on my favorites list.
Linda J. White is a journalist by day and a novelist by night. Seeds Of Evidence is her second book, and is published by Abingdon Press. I am now doing fist pumps, because her website says her next novel will Lord willing be released in early 2014. I am now waiting for Words of Conviction. Standing by my mailbox. Hoping it will somehow come sooner.
And go, right NOW to her website and read about why she writes. Then go there again after you read this book and you will be agreeing heartily that she succeeded at her mission. To write great fiction.
April 12, 2013