No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Person Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels that this case is getting personal, and that she is not the hunter at all–but actually the one being hunted.
Award-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has twenty novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, where they work as missionaries.
Lisa Harris is one of my favorite authors for romantic suspense. She combines fast-paced action with a dose of romance that creates a perfect blend for this reader. Her newest book, Vendetta, is another winner, and it is the first book in a new series. Yay! More to look forward to from this talented author.
Nikki Boyd uses her past experiences to pursue missing person’s cases with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Her task force is the go-to team to find people at risk. But a new case becomes too personal as Nikki is confronted with a serial abductor/killer who may be the same man that kidnapped her sister Sarah 10 years before. As she races the clock, Nikki finds emotions getting in the way of professionalism. But is that her strength or weakness?
Vendetta is set in the Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. The familiar setting really made this book come alive for me. Characterization is strong, and I immediately felt a connection with Nikki and her friend, Tyler. Their struggles with loss and grief were honestly portrayed. I liked that both grappled with the larger issues of God’s purposes and sovereignty in a world filled with pain and sin. Here is one favorite quote — She realized their questions might never be answered. Questions of how and why. The longing for justice in a world where sometimes there simply wasn’t any. (p. 164). Vendetta can be categorized as romantic suspense, but the love story is slow to develop. In fact, the main characters are unsure of their own feelings. I really liked that too — no rushing an important aspect of the story.
Vendetta is book one in the Nikki Boyd Files, and while this case is resolved, there are still some loose ends for more stories to come.
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(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)