Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Review of Behind the Badge (L.I. Suspense)

Here's a description of the book from the author's website:


A killer is threatening the life of rookie cop Sydney Tucker’s sister-unless Sydney turns over evidence from a drug bust. But she doesn’t have the evidence. Not that the thug believes her. Now she and the sibling in her care are under the watchful eye of Logan Lake police chief Russ Morgan…but will his protection be enough?

The killer is closing in, picking off the people and places that mean the most to Sydney. A list that now includes Russ. To protect her loved ones, will she pay the ultimate price-her life?

My Rating: Fall/Spring

My Review:

Like all good "Love Inspired Suspense" books, Behind the Badge is a fast read with an encouraging theme. And this book has a great hook! (Pardon the rhyme, but it works!) Chapter One places the reader in the middle of a hide-and-seek/chase scene with a creepy killer, and it introduces us to a strong hero who might just have a tender heart beating behind the badge.

The action kind of dissipates after the first chapter, replaced by a simmering-beneath-the-lid suspense that focuses most of the attention in the meantime on the emotional suspense between Russ and Sydney. The slower pace wasn't exactly up my alley, but the action makes a return appearance at the end for an intense (and quite romantic!) finale.

Even though Sydney's sister, Nikki, really frustrated me, I think she was one of the most complex characters in the story. The reader mostly sees her teenage angst, but Sleeman gives glimpses into why she acts the way she does, and I enjoyed seeing the way things worked out for her and Sydney in the end.

This story was a nice, quick read that shows that God--who is the only One who really understands what's "behind the badge"--loves us enough to work for our good, even if that means allowing us to go through difficult experiences.

*With thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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