When I was invited to review Dangerous Passage I thought I'd give it a shot because it's the first in a new series. And it may have potential, but for me it falls a little flat. I absolutely LOVE the way Lisa entwines Christian faith and prayer throughout, but sometimes the personal life scenes lulled and the mystery/investigation dragged I felt. I love the fact that this is set in the deep south, and I enjoy the characters overall. So while I think this series can get much better as it goes on Dangerous Passage leaves me conflicted. There are things I loved and really enjoyed, but there where things that seemed a little slow and made the pace of the story drag. I sound like a broken record here. But that's how Dangerous Passage left me, "Oh I loved that part...oh but that one was just okay.". The overall mystery was interesting and I loved the fact that there is one small detail that if missed the whole thing would have gone unsolved. Really I think my favorite parts are the Faith and prayer scenes and the personal mystery woven in that Avery investigates on her own time. I love the length of the chapters and the quirkiness of some of the characters. The way it ended I must see where it goes next, but I hope the next mystery picks up a little with the intrigue and pace. There's also something I felt was lacking in the relationship department also. I'm not sure if it was too comfortable or if I just wanted a little more from it. I kinda felt like I walked into it in the middle and they where already in love, but I missed all the good stuff. Sadly I was hoping throughout the whole thing that someone else would spark her interest and then there would be the conflict of a "which one do I choose" kinda thing. I don't really know how I feel after finishing. I am VERY conflicted. I will recommend this book for the Faith scenes and personal mystery alone. Maybe you will get a different feel for it than I did. I'm wondering if I just WANTED to like too much...
Songs for Dangerous Passage: "Theme From Columbo" from TV Sounds Unlimited, "Bonanza" from The TV Theme Players, "Never Gone" by Colton Dixon, "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain, "Unforgettable (Duet with Nat "King" Cole) (2000 Digital Remaster)" by Nat King Cole
Psalm 23:4 and Psalm 18
*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest opinion.
Dangerous Passage is a romantic suspense that could be ripped from some of the saddest headlines. Human trafficking serves as the story hook -- a story that I would love to ignore but know is all too real. 27 million people around the world are trapped in some form of slavery...a tragedy we can't ignore and the author brings into a fresh spotlight.
Avery North is a homicide detective raising a daughter on her own. When one of the victims is a young Vietnamese girl not much older than her daughter, the case becomes even more personal. She is also a woman torn between a demanding career, mothering, family, and wondering whether she should pursue a relationship with Jackson Bryant. The plot is fully layered as Avery wrestles with challenges in each area of her life. She's confronted with whether she's willing to release her control and move forward or remain trapped where she is -- not necessarily a bad place, but is she willing to risk more and accept more people tugging at her?
The story has a lot happening...almost too much...but that's how life goes these days. Avery's faith questions are real, her imperfections welcome, and her committed search for the killer admirable. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the author's next!