Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?
That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.
When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.
DiAnn Mills is a best-selling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and is the 2014 president of RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
If you are a fan of fast-paced romantic suspense, then DiAnn Mills is likely one of your go-to authors. In the third installment of her FBI: Houston series, Deadlock, she combines a serial murder case with lots of twists and turns and two main characters with lots of chemistry. This one is definitely a standalone, although fans of the series will recognize characters from previous books. A quick read, it is a novel I can recommend.
Thatcher Graves is a changed man, but his reputation precedes him with new partner, Bethany Sanchez. A seasoned member of the violent crimes unit, Thatcher is not too sure about his inexperienced partner, especially since their investigation strategies are so different. Thatcher is brash and relies on hunches, while Bethany is methodical and logical and a by-the-rules agent. This team could be great or a disaster waiting to happen, especially when the killer puts both agents in his sights.
The two main characters of Deadlock, Thatcher and Bethany, have incredible chemistry. Though logic and FBI procedure rule out a relationship, the reader knows right away that these two are meant for each other. Oil and vinegar may not mix, but they do form the basis for some spicy dressing! The plot has more twists and turns than most novels — I had as long a list of suspects as the two agents. Trust is a theme that runs throughout the book — trust in partnerships, family relationships and in God. Both characters are Christians, but are not perfect, and have times when they express both anger and doubt towards God. At one point Bethany asks God what did being sovereign mean except to make sure the bad guys were handled. Natural reactions in the face of danger and confusion. There is one thing that I did not like about the book. The dialog was often choppy with incomplete sentences that didn’t seem natural — not something I noted in the other two books in the series. I found that I sometimes had to go back and reread to get the gist of the conversations. This is a minor thing, but it did bug me.
All in all, though, I really liked Deadlock and recommend it to fans of romantic suspense.
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(Thanks to Tyndale for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)