Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason
This book is a definite nail biter as the story races to the finish, time is ticking and Lynette doesn’t waste a single word in her writing. Everything has meaning and you will literally hold your breath.
When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, the FBI sends in Special Agent Samantha Cash to help crack the case. Her methods are invisible, and she never quits until the case is closed.
Homicide detective Connor Wolfe has his hands full. His relationship with his headstrong daughter is in a tailspin, and the string of unsolved murders has the town demanding answers. Connor is running out of ideas and time.
Samantha joins Connor in a race against the clock to save the next victim. And the killer starts to get personal.
Review by Janna R. Ryan:
Every once in awhile a book comes along that just begs to be in a series so I have something to look forward to when the book ends, “Too Close To Home” is one of those books. From the beginning I knew Lynette Eason had created something unusual with her homicide detective, Connor Wolfe and FBI Special Agent Samantha Cash.
The book opens with Conner arriving at the scene of another dead body. She is young, obviously murdered and has one very unusual feature… she has been pregnant recently. A pattern is developing, girls disappear for a extended period of time and then show up dead, murdered differently, but recently pregnant. No babies, just signs of pregnancy. These girls are being stalked before they go missing, the police intend to find out how before more girls go missing. Samantha Cash is an expert with computers and they bring her in to figure out the connection between their internet activity and the disappearances.
Both Connor and Samantha bring plenty of drama to the table. Connor has a teenage daughter of his own who is struggling with a daddy who isn’t around and her mother passed away four years before – they are both missing her. Samantha has a sister who suffered a tragedy that she hasn’t fully recovered from and it has left Samantha feeling very responsible for her. Together they deal with their personal lives, fight the bad guys and start falling for each other. All while the bad guys are getting “Too Close For Home”.
This book is a definite nail biter as the story races to the finish, time is ticking and Lynette doesn’t waste a single word in her writing. Everything has meaning and you will literally hold your breath. I am thrilled that we will see these characters back in a second book and it looks like Samantha’s sister Jamie will take the lead… I can’t wait to see how the characters advance in book #2. Congratulations on a great new series, Lynette!
Review by Melanie:
Too Close to Home was another great suspense read! Having read two of Lynette Eason’s newer books (When the Smoke Clears and When a Heart Stops), I was excited to finally read one of her older novels.
The mystery was really good and I loved that I was actually able to guess correctly about who the killer was! The case was very attention grabbing and there were many super suspenseful scenes.
I loved the characters and, even though I found Jenna to be a little foolish sometimes, she was still a favorite – along with her dad and Dakota. =)
The only thing that sort of bugged me was how long it took to reveal who the killer was, and then when he/she was revealed, it seemed like it was supposed to be a surprise, when it was pretty obvious by then. This probably only annoyed me because I had guessed who it was fairly early on in the book. I still went back-and-forth, though, about my guess and was surprised that my initial thought was correct.
Still, I loved Too Close to Home and now need to read book two, Don’t Look Back, asap. The epilogue was a real teaser! I recommend this book if you enjoy suspense novels with some romance. It was great!