The Survivor, Crime Scene: Houston Series #2
A Child Attack Cold Case, A Car Bombing & Romance
DiAnn Mills in her new book, "The Survivor" Book Two in the Crime Scene: Houston series published by Zondervan gives us a new adventure with Kariss Walker and Tigo Harris.
From the back cover: Is it her next bestseller . . . Or her last words? In The Chase, award-winning author DiAnn Mills introduced you to the world of Kariss Walker, the bestselling suspense author with a nose for trouble. In The Survivor, Kariss gets the chance to tell her most powerful story yet. But will it revitalize her writing career? Or bring it to a violent end?
Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into danger.
Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss's new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find out who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold case?
A Cold Case is a case that could not be solved when the actual events occurred. So all the files are boxed up and put in storage not under closed but under inactive. Kariss is looking for a new storyline to use for her new suspense novel when she receives an email from Dr. Garrett. Dr. Garrett survived a brutal attack when she was young and wants her story told, anonymously, to help other young women who may have had a similar situation. Kariss begins her investigation which begins a whole new set of danger for her that she was unprepared for. Meanwhile Tigo is investigating a car bombing but it seems that both cases may be related. "The Survivor" is a thriller in that the lives of both Walker and Harris are put in deadly danger through the course of these investigations. I think this is Ms. Mills best work yet and her characters are well-defined. Once the action gets going Ms. Mills revs up the thriller quotient considerably which will have you reading and flipping pages as fast as you can. Don't start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
May 11, 2013
A fantastic suspense story
DiAnn Mills has written a wonderful suspense story sure to keep you reading until the very end. All too often about 2/3 of the way through the story I feel as though I am done reading, bored, ready to move on. I want it wrapped up already. Not in this case, I was engaged all the way to the end, and I had no clue who the culprit was, either. Well done!
I appreciated the fact that Kariss wouldn't consider getting back into a relationship with Tigo unless he came to the point of a personal relationship with God. His story to conversion was well told, not too easy or overly dramatic.
Having not read the first book in the series, The Chase, made me hesitate to jump in with this one, but it was not a problem at all. What needed to be explained was well enough for me to follow the story, but I don't think it would have felt bogged down by explanations of previous exploits either.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a suspense filled mystery!
I received this ebook from Netgalley and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan.
May 9, 2013
DiAnn Mills does it again
Once again DiAnn Mills has written a book that I could not put down. The characters we met in The Chase return. It is like visiting old friends. I can't wait for the next book!
May 5, 2013
a genuine thriller
In The Survivor DiAnn Mills actually gives the reader two stories in one...and though it could be confusing, she manages to use this method to increase the tension, the drama and your adrenaline. I have so far not read book one in the series, The Chase, and yet I did not find it at all detrimental. When I do go back and read the first one, I will likely have some spaces filled that I was not aware of being empty. That is the trade mark of a good author, I believe. This is really an edge of your seat page turner, and I found it difficult to come back to the real world, or even to have time to breathe. The characters are human, complete with flaws and strengths, the evil believable, yet conquered. Though at time the story seems dark and forbidding, there is hope and light at the end of it. Not all of the people were loveable, but that gives the story a deeper context.
More and more I am thinking that things are not what they seem, and the things I see, remember or read, as in this novel, I will do so in the light of my own experiences, dreams and life. In case you are not sure, The Survivor has found a place on my Keeper Shelf!
I received this novel free from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
April 19, 2013