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April 7, 2014
Never heard of Ms. Benson, but the title and cover description made me take a second look. I bought it and leafed through it. I also did something I never do: Sample reading, i.e. here and there. Now I suffer the consequence of having to start over and haven't quite finished the book, though I do know the ending; actually the ending before the ending. You need to find that one for yourself; I am not going to be a spoiler.
Seems to me there are two stories woven into one here. Good, clean writing, good wordsmithing.
What I am still appalled about is the corrupt and lawless behaviour of the law upholders (!). And the lengths to which they will go to further their own ... egos.
It's a great read and I am hoping the next books are as good. I wish the publisher's description was available.
I am also hoping this series does not go like others - down from the first book. I am praying for up.
Oh yes, there is violence but none of the gore and nastiness some writers for the Christian market have resorted to. Thank you, Ms. Benson and editors.
PS A little more care in the spelling/grammar department: Lay, laid, etc! (: )?
I am simply amazed that a first published novel can be so enthralling, engrossing, engaging, and exciting as The Hidden Son is. Dianna T. Benson has taken us from the beauty of the Cayman Isles to the depths (pun intended) of diving into the devious and destructive world of murder and mayhem. We're speaking of hit men who are law enforcement officers and who are working at the beck and call of real power players in law enforcement.
Agent Lelisa is on the run to preserve her life and tagging along, much to her consternation, is Cayman Isles Inspector Alex. Who can Lelisa trust? Who can Alex trust? Can they trust each other? Where does all this murder and mayhem originate? Who is behind it all? What is behind it all?
Attempts on Lelisa's life get her running from the Caymans back to home in Raleigh, North Carolina. But is isn't easy. Trouble is following her and pursuing her. There is intense action in The Hidden Son and the story is multi-layered. Inspector Alex is grieving the loss of his 16 year old daughter who went missing two years prior on his watch as detective at the FLPD. When he was removed from the force and the case he moved to the Caymans. Lelisa is grieving the loss of her friend and (sometime) boyfriend, Rick, who died in the diving accident at the beginning of the story.
This is a faith based story that does not preach. In crisis, Alex shares prayer and faith in God with Lelisa in a limited way. But it is effective. And then I especially enjoyed the EMT action in the story and know that the author is writing from her personal experience as an EMT herself. Benson has created believable characters and dialogue that smacks right at the heart of the story.
Since I'm from North Carolina, when they were running around Raleigh, Durham, and I-40 and I-440 I could envision the neighborhoods. I've shopped in Raleigh, worked and shopped in Durham. I could mentally visualize the chase. I've been to the hospital and walked its corridors. The author wrote beautifully of the Caymans and of North Carolina. (And yes, as Alex observes, North Carolina has lots of trees and flowers!)
I anticipate reading more from Dianna T. Benson as the other two books in this Cayman Islands Triology are released. It has been a pleasure to read this book and review it. I hope to be a reviewer for Dianna T. Benson in the future!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided an uncorrected ARC of The Hidden Son in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
From page one I was drawn into this book. The characters were exciting and the plot kept getting thicker. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. This book had romance, intrigue and suspense. I can't wait to read the next book by this author. I highly recommend it!
If you like to read suspense novels, you'll love this one by Dianna T. Benson. It grabs your attention in the first chapter and keeps you on pins and needles throughout. You won't want to put it down. I loved the characters, scenery and plot twists. I can't wait for the next book in this trilogy to come out.
Get ready to discover your new favorite author of riveting thrillers! You'll love the characters, lose yourself in the action-packed plots, and be desperate for Dianna T. Benson's next book as soon as you finish the first!
Diane Reeves, Author and Editor, Regnery Publishing