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When a Heart Stops: A Novel (Deadly Reunions) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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Spunky and outgoing, nothing much bothers medical examiner Serena Hopkins--except for the thought of falling in love again. But when a serial killer is picking off her former classmates, Serena's life becomes intertwined with her old high school crush, FBI agent Dominic Allen. Is the secret she's keeping putting her next on the killer's hit list? Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late?
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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!
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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This book has an even faster pace than the first book in the series, and although I had a clue who the killer was, I was still surprised by a few twists at the end. I love Serena's strength and compassion, especially towards the teenage girl who tries to escape a bad home environment Dominic is the typical overprotective hero, but the childhood connection makes their relationship a little sweeter than the typical romance in a suspenseful thriller.
What I really liked was the continued story of Jillian and how that mystery involved the current murder investigation. I think it's a clever way to tie the books together into a series instead of just having the characters in each book connected as friends.
Fans of suspense who have time to sit and read the book in one sitting (because you won't want to put it down) will love the latest by Lynette Eason. Be sure to read the first book first, or you'll have a lot of questions, especially as the characters from book one are mentioned with little explanation of who they are.