Book Review: Expert Witness

8 Sep

UnknownMinutes after testifying in a murder trial, sketch artist Sydney Berry is almost killed in a drive-by shooting. United States Marshal Max Preston saves her life then whisks her away to safety. She’s his first protected witness, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe. But Sydney doesn’t want to hide from danger. She is determined to finish her testimony and put a killer away. With potential suspects coming from all corners, Sydney will have to trust Max with her deepest secrets—and her life.




71L2nNpxBSL._UX250_.pngRachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids — two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at


My Impressions:

Expert Witness by Rachel Dylan is a fast-paced, adrenaline-laced read right from the start. Part of the Love Inspired Suspense series, it is a quick read perfect for busy fans of that genre. It’s perfect to tuck into your carry-on bag for that late summer getaway.

Sidney Berry is a forensic artist and is often called upon to give expert testimony in criminal cases. But the case she is currently on gets a bit personal when multiple attempts are made on her life. US Marshall Max Preston is determined to keep her safe, even when it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Both romance and suspense are front and center in Expert Witness. But I never thought that Dylan stinted on details as she fleshed out her characters. The novel is short, but the timeline spans a few weeks so the romance doesn’t really feel too rushed amid all the action. I particularly liked Sidney’s character. A victim of abuse in the past, Sidney takes charge of her own welfare so that she won’t be a victim in the future. Her self-defense skills make her a strong and determined character, not a woman solely depending on others. Her faith is even stronger, and her interactions with the skeptical Max are a big part of the story. Max, for all his strength and courage, has a vulnerable and tender side which makes him a swoon-worthy hero. The only thing I didn’t like was all the bad cops that kept popping up. While I get the trust no one story line, it became a bit too unbelievable.

All in all, though, I liked Expert Witness and look forward to reading more by Rachel Dylan.


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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