Sunday, June 7, 2015

BACKFIRE by Elizabeth Goddard

Marji Laine reviews.
To say Backfire is riveting barely scratches the surface of a proper description.

Here's the short version:
Tracy Murray had thought she'd be safe disappearing in the wilds of Alaska after her testimony put away a gang leader. But the gang symbol tattooed on an attacker's arm means the clock has run out. She's been found—and she knows the killers won't let her escape alive again. She can't fight an entire gang alone—she needs help. But when she finds herself relying on widowed firefighter David Warren, a new struggle emerges. Fleeing Alaska and cutting all ties could be the only way to survive…but it would mean leaving her heart behind.
David, another member of the Warren clan is flung into more than a mystery. This story, with Witness Protection looming, has no hope of a happy ending for him. Yet the fear that keeps passing over Tracy's eyes spurs him to continue protecting her, regardless of the risk to his heart.

My Take:

I loved these characters. Elizabeth Goddard ties up the threads of her third book of the Mountain Cove series in a perfect bow. Brief cameos from the heroes and heroines of the other two books are embellishments on this story. But David and Tracy, along with a search and rescue dog named Solomon, carried me away with their intrigue.

Intense suspense kept me turning the pages. It seemed the worst thing I could imagine was exactly the thing that happened next. The author masterfully created a twisted and helpless situation, while digging deep into the psyche of characters marked by brokenness and tragedy.

Anyone enjoying suspense or romance will love this book.

About the senior reviewer:

Marji Laine is a wife and homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. Having just released her debut novella Grime Beat, she spends her non-writing time transporting to and from volleyball, directing high school classes at a local coop, and leading the children’s music program at her church. From suburban Dallas, she loves to create scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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