While this is the second in the Southern Crimes series, it reads well on its own. (See my review of Dangerous Passage here.)
This novel centers on Emily Hunt, a high school school teacher in a family of police professionals. Her world is turned upside down when one of the students she has worked so hard to help comes into her classroom with a gun. The policeman who tries to negotiate an end to the hostage situation is Mason Taylor, the man Emily's sister Avery is sure caused the death of their brother. Involved in a deadly situation, Emily has to trust Mason with her life. Is he the mole in the police department or should she fear someone else?
I like a good police detective novel and this is another good one from Harris. I really admired Emily. Though she is not in the police department, she gets right in the situation with determination and acts with intensity when the circumstances go deadly. And Mason is a good support for the brave Emily. He has the hard task of trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
There is action throughout this novel. Just when I thought a deadly situation was cleared up, another would arise. The action was not forced, however. It was just the progression of evil running its deadly course.
With believable and well developed characters, suspense galore, this is a great novel. There is even a hint of romance included. It's not perfect. (I mean really, would a bad guy cop shoot the good guy cop in the chest when he knew a bullet proof vest was worn?) Nonetheless, I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris is a fast paced suspense thriller that takes place over a period of 24 hours. Emily Hunt was just expecting another normal day. From the time she arrives at the school she teaches at, her day takes an unexpected turn. She comes from a family of cops, so she opted to play it safe and become a school teacher. But on this day, things will happen to be the stuff of her nightmares. And her love interest is none other than detective Mason Taylor, who is blamed for her brother's death. With all the twists and turns, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the third book especially after the way this one ended. This is the second book in the Southern Crimes series. I did not read the first one which deals with Emily's sister Avery, who is a cop. I will be going back and reading that one as there seems to be a bigger story arc tying all the books together. I received this book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Mason Taylor has had a bad start to his day. His estranged father is dying, but he's had a desperate phone call from Rafael Cerda, a teen he counsels from the wrong side of the tracks. Rafael's younger brother has been kidnapped by drug lords, who are asking for a ransom of $250,000, money he can't possibly find. And things get worse _
Emily Hunt is Rafael's history teacher at the prestigious Dogwood Academy, where he is a scholarship student, but now she and her niece, Tess, are his hostages. Meanwhile, Mason works with Emily's sisterÃ¢â¬âTess's motherÃ¢â¬âto negotiate with Rafael before anyone gets hurt. But who is behind the kidnapping?
Fatal Exchange is fast-paced romantic suspense. Most of the action takes place over the course of a single day, and there are no end to the twists and turns as Mason and Emily work to resolve the situation from their different positions. The plot was excellent, and kept me reading.
Along with plenty of suspense, there is a sizzling romantic undertone between a couple who have known each other for years but have never dated because of Emily's aversion to dating a copÃ¢â¬âand because Mason didn't share her faith. I thought the way their relationship was handled was excellent. And the teaser at the end _ I'll be waiting for the next book with bated breath.
Lisa Harris won the 2014 Christy Award for Romantic Suspense for Dangerous Passage, the first book in the Southern Crimes series, and Fatal Exchange is a fast-paced follow-up that is every bit as good, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Thanks to Lisa Harris for the ebook, which I won in a contest hosted by SoulInspirationz.
Fatal Exchange is the second book in the Southern Crimes series and I had no problem at all following along with this story, even though I had not read the first book, Dangerous Passage. Although the members from the first book in the series do make some appearances in Fatal Exchange, this story can stand alone just fine. This is also the first book that I have read that was written by Lisa Harris. I enjoyed her writing style, and now look forward to reading books one and three of the series.
Fatal Exchange had many tense moments and a few unexpected twists, as well. The main characters, Emily and Mason, were well-written and handled the situations they faced with as much grace as possible, considering the various dangerous circumstances they were thrown into.
Emily was a likeable character who has to deal with a lot in this book. Toward the end of the book, she battled guilt and even second guessed her ability to judge people's character. I did enjoy that she was a strong, Christian woman who wanted to be a good role model for children.
Mason was a strong and steady character through the turmoil of the book. But even he eventually had to deal with some issues of guilt and unforgiveness that weighed him down. A family situation hung over him that had to be dealt with and I liked that even though he was a follower of Christ, he struggled with being able to forgive some big wrongs that had been done to him.
This book had lots of action, tense situations, and the start of a sweet romance. I enjoyed Fatal Exchange and look forward to reading more from Lisa Harris.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review.
Riveting suspense and it just doesn't let up! An intricate web of deceit almost gets the better of Mason and Emily. Realistic. Gritty. Emotionally driven. I had a hard time putting this book down. I'd let my guard down for a second and -- wham! -- I'd be reeling from shock the very next page. This one really kept me on my toes and I was beginning to suspect everyone!
The romance is just as gripping. Emily and Mason have an unrequited love kind of past, so watching them dance around that provided an entertaining break from all the action.