by Lisa Harris
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
Released: April 4, 2017
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from GoodReads:
Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there.
Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.
Pursued is a Christian suspense novel. It's the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous books to understand this one. The story reads like an action movie. Nikki's flight crashes, which would be enough to put most people out of action (and unwilling to go up in the air again within 48 hours), but not Nikki! She shakes it off because she wants to be the one to find the missing woman whose life may be in danger.
Nikki just powers through pain and exhaustion despite the increasing body count and some rather traumatic experiences. Frankly, the fact that she seems superhuman--hardly touched by these experiences during the story--means that I had a hard time bonding with her. While the constant physical danger and time limits on finding the missing woman do make for a suspenseful story, I read suspense for the human element--how do they get through the trauma?--not for the big explosions.
Nikki felt she was always right. If a team member expressed a concern about her actions or plans, she dismissed those concerns and did things her way. Nikki also couldn't let unknowns go and didn't trust others (even her team) to find out those answers without her in the middle of things. While Nikki was otherwise a nice, caring person, I'd hate to be on her team.
The Christian truth thrown in at the end was her realization that God's in control and has all the answers about what has happened and will happen. But I'm really wondering if that'll change her behavior toward her team. There were also a few, brief prayers during the action. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to fans of action movies.
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