Fear No Evil
Source: Review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description from Goodreads:
With his father in a nursing home and his mother needing support, former Great Smoky Mountains park ranger Lincoln Vailes moves to the bayou town of Eternal Springs, Louisiana, to become a police officer. Recent college graduate and eager social worker Jade Laurent has also moved there to try and right the wrongs of an abusive past. But someone is running her car off the road and pointing guns in her direction. As Lincoln investigates her case, he uncovers ties to big-city gang warfare up north that appears to be making its evil way down south.
Fear No Evil is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the second in a series but is essentially a stand-alone novel. You don't need to read the first novel to understand this one, and reading this novel first will spoil only the romantic outcome of the first novel.
The characters were likable, complex, and dealt with realistic struggles. The two main themes were gangs and domestic abuse. The suspense was created by physical danger to several of the characters and stress from work problems and family illness. The setting details were sparse, but there were a fair amount of job and gang details woven into the story. There were some Spanish words used, but typically they were brief phrases that were then interpreted in the character's thoughts.
Many of the characters were Christians. One main character struggled with trying to be in control of her life and realizing she wasn't, and the other struggled with his anger at God for letting his dad (a pastor) get Alzheimer's Disease. There was some praying, and God brought a fair amount of (quoted) Scripture to the characters' minds to answer their questions when things seemed their worst.
There was no sex. There was one explicit bad word and a minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable, suspenseful novel to those who like romantic suspense.
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Excerpt from Chapter One
Lightening flashed, splitting the dark southern sky.
Kaboom! The windows rattled. Positives and negatives of nature colliding.
Much like the collision course of Lincoln's life. His thirty-five years of life experiences hadn't prepared him for this latest installment.
"Officier Vailes, are you listening?"
Lincoln snapped his attention from the onslaught of rain, turned, and met the stare of Chief Ethan Samuels. "I'm sorry, what?" Three weeks as a policeman, but he still couldn't get used to the formality of being addressed as officer.
"I said the National Weather Service has upgraded Francis to a class three." Ethan reached for a first-aid kit. "Hurricane season's coming a bit early this year."
Lincoln had no idea what was expected from him during a hurricane.
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