In this second book in the Deadly Reunion Series we meet Serenaâ€”Alexia's friend. If you have read the first book then you have met Alexia.
Serena is a medical examiner and close friends with Alexia and Jillianâ€”we read about them in the first book When the Smoke Clears. On their graduation night Jillian had seen something that was so awful that she had to flee town. Her friends didn't know where she went, or if she was still alive.
Now it is ten years later. Jillian has contacted Serena and has sent her a package to keep safe. Serena is not allowed to open the package unless she receives word of Jillian's death.
There are some bad people who know about the package and really want to have it.
One night Serena awakens and finds a man in her bedroom searching through her drawers. Serena is convinced that the man is looking for the package, but she doesn't understand how he knows about it.
FBI agent Dominic Allenâ€”Alexia's brotherâ€”is working on a case of a murdered woman who was found in the park. Serena is the medical examiner on this case who is doing the autopsy. She used to have a crush on Dominic when she was a young teenager and still finds herself blushing easily when she's around him. Dominic likes to see her blush and he does also notice what a beautiful woman Serena has become.
When more dead women show up they get to work closely on the murder cases. Soon Serena's life is threatened and Dominic is trying to provide the best protection, but somehow the serial killer knows how to get into Serena's house.
When they find a connection in the murder cases, will they be able to prevent more killings? Can they stop this serial killer? Can Serena stay out of the hands of the killer? How are the killings and Jillian's package connected? And is there a chance at love for Serena and Dominic?
Sometimes this book really gave me the creeps. There was a serial killer and then also reading about Serena's work as a medical examiner was for me a creepy combination.
The storyline was very nicely done, the characters are believable, and the writing is exciting. This book surely will keep readers turning the pages!
If you like exciting and scary storiesâ€”this book is for you!
Take note that this series must be read in order of release. The mystery of Jillian's disappearance started in book 1 and will come to conclusion in the next book (I hope). This book is a cliffhanger, but the ending is satisfying enough to wait several months to read the concluding book in this series.
A methodical killer is on the loose, leaving mysterious packages that send chilling messages, will Serena and Dominic be able to catch the killer before it's too late?
When a Heart Stops is the creepy (in a good way) sequel to Lynette Eason's thillingly suspenseful romance When the Smoke Clears, and the mystery continues.
The only reason I believe that I had a tough time getting into the story at first was because it had been a while since I had read the first book in the story, and this book begins right where the first leaves off, but from Serena's point of view.
For me personally this story was more chilling than the first, with little snippet peeks into the killer's head, as well as the killer taunting the police. I was a little hesitant to read it at night!
The story pick up speed as it went along and, I really liked how it wasn't terribly hard to keep track of what was going on.
Overall, this was a great next chapter in this mystery/suspense saga, and hopefully it means that only one more book till all is revealed! The characters were well developed and sensible, though I felt that there could have been a little more with Dominic. I loved how this book really sent the shivers down my spine! A book I would recommend to those who like some romantic suspense in their lives!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
WHEN A HEART STOPS by Lynette Eason is an intriguing and suspenseful inspirational romantic suspense. It is Book #2 in the "Deadly Reunions" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, " When The Smoke Clears". When you match a medical examiner,Serena Hopkins with an FBI agent Dominic Allen you can only expect heart-pumping results. What an emotional ride these two will take you on as they try to find a serial killer before it is too late. With secrets,romance,faith,love,murder,emotions running high you will not regret picking up "When A Heart Stops",although, you may be up all night reading. Ms. Eason knows how to draw the reader into her stories with engaging characters and interesting and intriguing plots. A must read. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
"Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Just last week I finished reading a interesting, new to me, mystery trilogy by Lynette Easton, when I received her newest book, When a Heart Stops. This is book two in her new trilogy, Deadly Reunions. When a Heart Stops is a fast-paced book with a truly surprising ending.
Serena Hopkins is a medical examiner, and Dominic Allen is a FBI agent. Together, they must try to stop the killer who leaves no evidence, except for a doll dressed to resemble the victim, at the scene of his crimes. It seems as if at every turn the killer has again been one step ahead of the duo. Serena is sure that she is safe until her home is invaded and she is in the line of fire. What is it going to take to find a killer, who seems to be killing people just for the fun of it? Is it a weird game that he is playing, or is there a pattern to the crimes?
I appreciated the fast pace of the story and the hints that the author gives to help the reader solve the puzzle. I did wish that I had read book one of the series first, as there were several references to the first book characters which left me a little puzzled as to whom some of the characters were. The reader should be aware that the book is a little intense in one or two places, and might not be the best choice for a younger reader. Nonetheless, this was a great read for those of us who love a good mystery.