This novel of course had romance (and that part was pretty much predictable), but the mystery that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat was anything but predictable!
Lynette kept me intrigued and mystified as to who the perpetrator was surrounding the attempts on the main character Alexia's life as she returns home for her high school reunion. I was taken by surprise when I figured out who it was.
I shed a few tears as Alexia dealt with demons from her past. It was good to read how her circumstances brought her closer to God and not farther away from Him. We humans have a tendency to run from Him, don't we?
As a heads up this is a murder mystery with multiple murders occurring, but no really graphic details were revealed.
This book was definitely worth the read and I cannot wait for the sequel!
Alexia Allen is a stong, competent firefighter. So when she finds herself under investigation and on leave, she makes the difficult decision to visit her estranged mother and attend her high school reunion. Upon her return home, she finds a dying man in her mother's home and she is suddenly the person of interest in his murder investigation. It's not the first time this town has looked on her with suspicion and the past still haunts her. When Detective Hunter Graham seems to take a personal interest in keeping her under supervision, Alexia balks, but soons comes to appreciate his protection when further incidents arise. Will Alexia be able to clear herself of present and past suspicions? Will her budding romance with Hunter survive the accusations, incidents and danger?
Lynette Eason is one of my favorite authors for Christian suspense/romance novels. When the Smoke Clears is the first book in the Deadly Reunions series and it did not disappoint. Eason's flawless writing combined with the mystery and suspense aspects of the plot kept me hooked throughout the whole story. Alexia's character was complex, well-developed and authentic. The story had plenty of closure and yet the epilogue now has me awaiting the next installment in the series. I recommend this book if you are looking for an inspirational, contemporary romance with plenty of suspense.
Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Ok, you better set aside a weekend when you pick this book up because once you start it, you really don't want to put it down. Strap yourself in because it is a bumpy ride... well it is if you are Alexia Allen anyway. It is kind of hard to protect yourself when you don't know who is trying to kill you or why they are after you in the first place. And Alexia is out to discover all the different ways she might die, if she can't keep outsmarting the bad guys - whoever they are. This book is #1 in a new series and not everything is wrapped up neatly at the end because I think we are in for another whirlwind with book #2! Great characters, and an incredible ride as the story unravels during this book - this new book just confirms what I've known for quite awhile now... you can not go wrong with Lynette Eason's books!
I can say that the other reviews on this book are completely accurate! I started reading this book right before I went to bed one night, as I do most books...but that night there was little sleeping accomplished. I couldn't put the darn thing down!! Finished it in one sitting and now have to wait for the next in the series :(
One of the best books I've read in a while!! You won't be disappointed...