by Irene Hannon is a very timely novel that takes a page from
current events, including terrorism, infidelity, and abuse.
This first in the series is a riveting mystery. It has non-stop
action and strong protagonists, where the tension is ratchet
The book opens with a bang, literally. Political radio talk
show host Eve Reilly comes home to find a ticking package
on her front porch. Fearing it is a bomb, she calls the police,
who find that it is a fake and meant just to scare her. A
few days later, she receives an on-air phone call regarding
her private life. Investigating the case is police detective
Brent Lange who can't find any evidence to link the string
of unsettling incidents but is convinced they're connected.
As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone
wants Eve's voice silenced--permanently.
is a lot of emphasis on relationships. Hannon explores how
a married man lied to someone about his status while having
an affair; another man is thinking about an affair; a marriage
where emotional abuse is foremost; Eve and Brent dancing around
their feelings; and sisterly love.
“There is a range of relationships. A marriage on the
rocks, infidelity, and a marriage with abuse. In my books,
I do not want to have all the relationships focus on just
the hero and heroine. I want to give readers insights on everyone.
I take readers into multiple heads of all my characters. The
sisters love to pull each other’s strings, tweaking
each other. Yet, they have a strong bond of love. When it
comes down to it, they support each other 100%.”
Regarding Eve and Brent, she is an open book, while he keeps
his emotions bottled. Brent struggles with issues from a past
relationship even though he and Eve are both attracted to
each other. Eve's sisters, Cate and Grace, have a sisterly
rivalry but are there for one another, coming together as
one. They have a strong bond that only grows stronger in the
face of adversity.
wrote Eve as very outspoken heroine who stands up for what
she believes and is not afraid to express her views. She is
intuitive, determined, brave, caring, and smart. Brent, on
the other hand, is brave, dedicated, an introvert, and caring.
He is very careful, cautious and has trust issues. I think
he is also protective, secretive, lonely, and confident."
characters are very likable and well-developed. Eve is courageous,
level-headed, intelligent, and speaks her mind. Brent is determined,
honorable, and has a strong sense of duty. The scenes with
the sisters are funny but also very touching.
This suspenseful book, intertwined with some romance, is a
page-turner. Readers will not be disappointed, and the surprise
ending has a twist; readers will not guess.