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The Stronghold Paperback – March 15, 2016
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About the Author
Lisa Carter is the author of Carolina Reckoning, Beneath a Navajo Moon, Under a Turquoise Sky, and Aloha Rose. She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. A member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime, when she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys traveling, quilting, and researching her next romantic adventure. Visit her online at LisaCarterAuthor.com.
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My second biggest complaint was just the writing in general. I wasn't a big fan of the way it seemed so jumpy and scattered.
The story itself wasn't bad. From reading the description of the book I knew it was going to be a DARK book as so many other reviewers have pointed out but I went into it with an open mind. I was happy with the amount of intrigue and suspense in the book. I felt like the amount of details that were given throughout the book from the "before" time kept the book going better than the present day details. But in the end that just wasn't enough to make me like the book.
I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
There are many mysteries in the beginning. The major one is who is responsible for abducting young girls from the Apache reservations. Then we have Pilar a tribal policewoman who has been hurt physically and emotionally somehow and is also has a previous relationship with FBI Special Agent Torres. The reader has to move through the pages in order to discover what these hurts and the background of these relationships are. The enmity between them does make sense in many places.
The author even has Torres saying mine, mine in regards to Pilar, as does the villain that hurt her. One wonders if she is trying to add more mystery or uncertainty as to who the criminal is.
Many of the Old Ways of the Apaches are included, but at times they seemed forced into the story, not a natural part. Torres also keeps exclaiming I’m not Mexican, I’m from LA, which gets a bit tiresome. Torres has found support in his Christian faith and tries to pass on its comforts to Pilar all the while they are hunting a drug cartel and those who violate young woman.
This is not the easiest subject matter to read in regards to the violations of women and in many places the plot and storyline becomes convoluted and overly complex.
I'll be honest, at first, I thought this might be a boring book and that I might find a language barrier as the first pages used some of the language of the local tribes. But I was quickly very pleasantly surprised as I fell in love with Pilar and Alex and just wanted their open wounds to heal. I could see they were broken but I didn't yet know why. I was compelled to read to see what their history entailed and to find out who is carrying out hideous acts. This novel could easily be an episode of Criminal Minds. I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds so this book fed my addiction. The romance was an added bonus.
I rated this book 5 stars and would like to read more books by Lisa Carter.
I received a copy of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book, its completely eye opening to the human trafficking going on. I will admit I had a hard time getting into the book but after the first chapter the book took off and I found it hard to put down. Its an intense book so while I found it hard to put down I also sometimes had to walk away. The book is a real page turn its a love story gone wrong and everything else goes wrong with it. The characters seek to find healing along the way some longer then others. At the end it makes everything come together that didn't make since in the first chapter including things you saw coming. You really can not go wrong with this book . Totally worth the read!!!!
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher, but this review consists of my honest opinions, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher
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