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When a Heart Stops: A Novel (Deadly Reunions) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"This intense nail-biter of a thriller." ---Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From the Back Cover
A killer's deadly game needs new players . . . but someone's about to change the rules
As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn't make it any easier when she's called to the eerie scene of a murder--especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush.
As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again. And when Serena's own life seems at stake, she must decide if the secret she has been keeping has put her next on the killer's hit list. Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late?
Praise for Lynette Eason's suspense
"The suspense is high; I was turning pages so fast I had to go back and reread."--Suspense Magazine
"Eason has the ability to make the characters come alive and keep the suspense strong enough that the pages have to keep turning."--ARomanceReview.com
"Balancing skilled action writing with quality characterization is difficult for many writers, but Eason does both well."--Crosswalk.com
Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including the Women of Justice series and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A wife and the mother of two, she has a master's degree in education and lives in South Carolina.
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If I thought I'd be disappointed by this story or prose, how mistaken was I!? This is one of the best suspense novels I've read in ages - second only to (perhaps) Dani Pettrey's debut from earlier this year. `Heart' has style, and oh-so-much more beneath its glossy, pretty cover. In suspense I have found writer's have a propensity to introduce a dozen or more characters into their story - some of which aren't more important than a voice on the other end of the line or a tech in a lab, granted part of my ignorance here was also driven by a lack of knowledge of the start of this series since I've not yet read the first novel. As a reader, for some crazy reason, I prefer the pages be uncluttered by too many characters - when there are so many of them, I feel as if I am being "rushed" with so many names that I am expected to keep straight and instead it is a turn off. Many of the settings, until about a quarter of the way through overwhelmed me because of the constant stream of characters, characters that I sometimes thought I should always remember should they play a more prominent role but I think I can say without doubt, I was never underwhelmed.
Because the mystery is meant to weave into an entire series, sometimes from the perspective of the reader we are a bit irked when the books ends and our characters are lulled into a false sense of security by the capture of a patsy villain and not the "real one." That being said, the mystery and chills are top notch - the suspense never feels overdone, and in fact, often builds subtly to its crescendo but there is just enough of a "thrill factor" to keep us urgently turning the pages, desperate to know that Serena and Dom will be okay no matter that our sub conscious tells us everything will end just fine. The character's themselves are wonderfully noble and yet perfectly flawed - both have skeletons and both, Serena and Dom feel free enough to explore where their attraction could lead. Plus, they were just cute together, Dom with his protective nature and Serena with her independent streak that she can and does curtail when the situation calls for it. Eason has definitely made me a fan with `Heart' and I look forward to her next books, hopefully featuring some of the brilliant supporting characters that this story boasts.
In Summary: If you are a fan of any crime procedural like 'NCIS' or 'Blue Bloods,' or the talents of Dee Henderson, you will enjoy this pulse-pounding intrigue - it's one prose not to be missed! Trust me.
With thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Oh how I adored this novel! This was easily my favorite in the series. Serena Hopkins drew me in right form the get-go.
Eason crafted one of the best mysteries I've ever read in this one. It kept me guessing. I stayed up way too late reading it and then when I finished it I had to go back and reread some parts.
The mystery in this one will leave you breathless. I can't begin to describe how amazing this novel truly was. This right here is why Christian romantic suspense is my favorite genre. You have to give this one a try.
The characters are well-developed, the writing fast-paced and action packed, the blend between romance, faith, and mystery is at its perfeciton, and the plot will suck you in.
So why 5 stars? I absolutely loved everything about this book. I wouldn't change a thing and that's rare.
In Summary: Easily one of my favorite novels of all time. With this novel, Eason has moved to one of my favorite authors.
Warnings/Side-notes: None, safe for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: Needless to say I will be reading this novel again over and over. It was beautifully written. Seriously go out and read this book right now!