When Marcy Farris comes face to face with a murder victim at a high school football game, she's plunged into a game no one wants to play. Despite police assurances, she knows this wasn't a random murder. But to prove otherwise she'll have to tackle the painful memories of her husband's suicide.
Struck down by an injury in his prime, former NFL linebacker, Jack Briggs, wonders if there's life after football. His perspective changes when he meets Marcy. Though she's out of his league, Jack finds himself drawn to Marcy's "go-for-it" demeanor. Now, as the killer stalks Marcy, Jack has to prove he still has moves before the killer has a chance to exact his revenge on Marcy.
There is no overtime in the game of murder—only sudden death.
You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this novel. I’ll admit I’m not even very knowledgeable about the sport, but that didn’t hinder my interest in this story at all, and I appreciated the unique theme and settings. The characters and plot are engaging and keep the story moving with plenty of suspense, romance, and emotion.
Marcy Farris is a mother of two and weighed down with heavy personal baggage. Believing she drove her NFL agent husband to suicide, she harbors guilt and regret and is haunted by memories. Struggling with issues of self-worth, she has good reason to want to keep her distance from professional football players—especially ex-football players. So when ex-NFL linebacker Jack Briggs enters her life, things get complicated.
Forced into a very early retirement due to his football injury, Jack misses the game immensely and there’s a huge emptiness inside him. Football was his world. What else could life possibly have to offer? When he meets Marcy, he feels a spark of life for the first time in a long time, but there are plenty of challenges to their budding relationship—not the least being the threat of a killer closing in.
Marcy is drawn to Jack, yet she’s extremely wary. She wonders why this charming man, a former NFL star, could possibly be interested in her. But loneliness and longing propel her closer to him. Their relationship has plenty of give-and-take, misunderstandings, character development, and faith growth.
When Marcy literally fumbles across a body before a state championship game, the plot thickens. Authorities label it a random murder, but Jack and Marcy don’t buy it. And in different ways, they both feel responsible for the tragedy. Will one of them uncover the truth before it’s too late?
Meanwhile, as the reader learns things the characters don’t, suspense builds. The villain fears what certain people might piece together, so he calculates his moves carefully to protect himself and his secrets. Some viewpoint scenes provide strong clues to the villain’s identity, yet still keep the reader unsure till near the end, when we do discover the truth—but since Marcy hasn’t, she may walk right into disaster.
Red Zone is definitely a satisfying Christian suspense novel, and I think it’s particularly fitting for this football season time of year.
About the Reviewer:
Therese Heckenkamp loves to read and write and read about writing. She’s thrilled to be living her childhood dream as an author and has published three Christian suspense novels so far: Past Suspicion, Frozen Footprints, and After the Thaw. A busy wife and mother of three, Therese fits in writing time whenever she can manage (and sometimes when she can’t). Visit her at ThereseHeckenkamp.com and follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, and Twitter.