With All the Evidence Against Him, Only a Sister's Trust Can Save Him Now.
When her prodigal brother Reef's return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.
Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.
When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself-and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.
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There are some books that grab you from the very beginning, and this is most definitely one of them. From the opening scene, I was hooked. This is more than just a "who done it" story. It is a wild ride of intense action, suspense, and romance too set in the beautiful backdrop of Alaska.
The characterization is very strong in this story. I think it's important for a writer to help you relate to the characters and their weaknesses, especially in the genre of Christian fiction where characters can sometimes be too "perfect" to be believable.
I related to Landon a lot because of his trust issues. Landon keeps people at a distance because he's been hurt by someone he loved. I think we've all been hurt at some point or another by someone we love and trust. But those deep hurts can be really hard to get over and cause us to put up walls.
"All of Landon's comments about those closest to a person having the ability to harm them the most suddenly made perfect sense. He knew the disappointment and disillusionment firsthand. He'd lived through the betrayal of someone he loved letting him down in the worst possible way, of someone he loved injuring him." pg. 277
The relationship between Piper and Landon has some history that is unknown in this book. Since it's the second book in the series, I'd like to go back and read the first to find out what that history is. Regardless, it doesn't hinder being able to read this novel as a stand-alone title. You will find yourself rooting for their relationship and hoping they can overcome the obstacles they face. And that they can make it through this murder investigation alive.
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