Monday, April 11, 2016

TAILSPIN by Elizabeth Goddard

Marji Laine reviews.
Don't forget to breathe as you read Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard! You might even need to take your blood pressure half-way through to make sure it isn't going too high!

(Preview the book by clicking the cover!)

Here's the Short Version:


Nothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother's downed plane—except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth from surfacing. When brave bush pilot Will Pierson comes to her rescue, she knows she can still reach her goal, but she needs his help. Will wants answers about the crash, too, especially since his mother was the missing plane's pilot. He'll be the hero Sylvie needs, but can he ever trust her? Sylvie is shrouded in secrets that keep leading her back to Mountain Cove. Secrets someone will kill for. Will may protect her, yet no one can persuade her to end her search…not even a killer.

My Take:

I felt like the suspense never ended in this story. Did the bad guys ever sleep? I'm not sure if it was the breath-taking flights, the fact that every few pages held an insurmountable crisis, or that much of the action revolved around diving and water that had me holding my breath, but I sure was!

I will say that Elizabeth Goddard outdid herself with the intensity of this plot-line. I almost feel sore from the running and swimming and hiking that this heroine did. But the writing was done in such a vivid way that I couldn't help but live through the terror right along with Sylvie.

And I loved the verse that propelled Will, from Isaiah 40:31, "...they shall mount up with wings as eagles...." Outstanding scripture for a bush pilot! That scripture brings the story a whole new layer when further developed in the author's note at the end of the book. An eagle's wings are actually heavy if the bird tries to fly on its own. It has to wait for the wind to lift it so it can rest while soaring.

Cool, huh! And that theme of resting and trusting was woven all through this story! What a wonderful break this book offered. I highly recommend it to anyone loving suspense. Non-Stop!

About the Senior Reviewer:

Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense.

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, as well as coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op.

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  1. Thanks for this awesome review, Marji. You do such a great job with the reviews--they always sound so fresh and you make the books sound exciting. Thanks!

    1. Oh, thank you, Beth! You outdid yourself with this story!

    2. Sounds like a winner, Marji (and Beth)... I'll have to add this one to my TBR pile. Thanks!

  2. You're quite welcome! Great read! And a quick one too! (Which is especially good since I was having to hold my breath! LOL!)

  3. Isaiah 40:31 is also my husband's favorite scripture, one he depended upon during his years as a missionary bush pilot in the Amazon--and ever sense. And back up to v. 30: "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength..." I cross-stitched these verses for him with the eagle soaring above, and the framed needlework hangs--not in the living room or by the front entry--in the bathroom on the wall beside his sink, where he shaves and prepares for each day.


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