Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Trapped by Irene Hannon

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by Irene Hannon

ISBN-13: 978-0-8007-2124-4
Trade Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Revell
Released: September 1, 2013

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Back Cover:
When librarian Laura Griffin's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.

My Review:
Trapped is a Christian romantic suspense novel. This book is the second in the series, but you don't need to read the first one to understand this book and this book didn't spoil the mystery/suspense of the first book.

The characters were likable, realistic, and we got to know them well. However, one suspenseful moment didn't work for me precisely because the characters were well-developed. Early in the story, we're shown how terrified Laura is about driving on icy roads because of an accident in her past. I'm convinced she's terrified. Yet later she convinces herself to drive with potentially bad brakes on an icy road with excuses that would work for a normal person, but not for someone with a deep-seated fear.

The suspense was created by uncertainty about finding the runaway before something bad happens to her and by physical danger to those trying to find her. The romance came across as realistic, and I liked that Dev was interested in Laura even though she wasn't his "usual type." The details about the setting and the jobs were excellent and brought the story alive in my imagination.

The Christian element was shown more in how the characters treated people and acted than through their talking about God. One main character was finally able to forgive himself and renew his relationship with God by the end.

There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he cursed" style of bad language and one instance of abbreviation-version swearing. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable and intriguing novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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