Monday, March 28, 2016

SUDDEN RECALL by Lisa Phillips

Sybil Bates McCormack reviews Sudden Recall by Lisa Phillips.

Here's the Short Version (from Amazon): 


United States Marshal Jackson Parker never forgot Sienna Cartwright—but she's forgotten him. Just like she's forgotten everything she knew before she emerged from a coma a year ago. She has no memories of her career as a spy or any idea of what the CIA wants from her. And she certainly doesn't know why she's being hunted by men with military-grade weapons. As Sienna struggles to remember who she is and who she can trust, Jackson is determined to reconnect with the woman who broke his heart while protecting the woman she's capable of becoming.

My Take:
Author Lisa Phillips’ Sudden Recall starts off innocently enough—with burly U.S. Marshal Jackson Parker happening upon a woman stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. In short order, though, Parker learns that the woman—CIA Agent Sienna Cartwright—seems unusually skittish about the sound of a vehicle headed their way. The reader also discovers that the Marshal/ex-Navy Seal and the woman were once “a thing.” Sort of. 

It’s kind of complicated. One minute they were thrown together on a mission overseas, and the next they were making plans to meet stateside in Atlanta to see where the relationship would take them. Only... Sienna never showed, and the Marshal’s been pretty heart-broken ever since.

As if the situation weren’t awkward enough, Sienna has a problem. She has no idea who the handsome Marshal is, why he knows her name, or why she’s so afraid of the vehicle headed their way. That is, until the van careens toward them and a bunch of heavily-armed mercenary types jump out. Before she knows it, Sienna’s running through the trees hand-in-hand with the Marshal desperate to stay alive.

The author does an incredible job of keeping the reader engaged throughout the book. Even the main characters’ “down time” in Sudden Recall is charged with edgy tension and spy-based intrigue. That said, Ms. Phillips keeps the gradual re-kindling of the romance between the lead characters, as well as the spiritual arcs they travel as they slowly learn to trust again, front and center throughout this take-no-prisoners novel. 

The amnesia storyline is wrought with exceptional skill: Nothing says novice writer like an amnesia storyline fraught with ambitious—though unrealistic—memory triggers. Lisa Phillips avoids such pitfalls with noteworthy aplomb.

I give this fast-paced read high marks all around.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear from you as always. Until next time …

About the Reviewer:

A licensed Georgia attorney since 1998, Sybil Bates McCormack now writes responses to state and Federal contract solicitations during the day while lurching haltingly toward a career as an inspirational romantic suspense author at night. She's also the crazed wife of a bi-vocational pastor and mom to two bright, talented kids. They don't call her BizzySyb for nothing! You can visit Sybil at her blog, Christian Romance/Pulsating Suspense, follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter, friend her on Goodreads, connect with her on LinkedIn, and add her to your circles on Google+.


  1. Excellent review! I have a soft spot for amnesia stories - it's intriguing to wonder what we'd be like without the memories that have made us into the people we are.

  2. Thanks, Iola! I hope I never find out what that's like. You are obviously waaaaayyyyyy more adventurous than I am. LOL!


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