About the book: The second installment in the Deadly Reunions series, When a Heart Stops is full of suspense and romantic tension and is intense, emotional and fast-paced.
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?
My thoughts: This is an intense read involving particulars of a serial killer targeting former classmates of the medical examiner, Serena. Extensive dialogue reveals the characters as they are developed by the author and as the story unwinds. If a reader enjoys mystery, suspense, and the gritty crime investigative world and if the reader wants a clean read, then Lynette Eason's When a Heart Stops is definitely for you.
There is romantic tension, but nothing passionate and nothing offensive is involved. Frankly, they are very busy trying to stay safe as they solve the series of crimes.
Dysfunctional family life is given as causative for actions of the criminals though not spelled out directly. However, as the characters Dominic and his sister reflect on the dysfunctional family premise, they are very thankful that they did not end up such as the criminals did for they, too, were from a dysfunctional family.
There is a subplot or sub-crime involved working in the background and even at the end of the book, I couldn't figure it out. Perhaps in the next book in the series it will come to light. I see it as involving political intrigue and dirty politics. But we'll have to wait to see.
Not a lot of "churchy-ness" or open Christianity in the book. But you get the basic idea that they are Christians by their actions.
About the author: Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, A Killer Among Us and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina. Visit her website at www.lynetteeason.com and follow her on Twitter at @LynetteEason.
What others think: "I love this book. It will keep you guessing until the very end." Dee Henderson, bestselling author
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of When a Heart Stops by Revell a Division of Baker Publishing on behalf of the author in order to write a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own and I was under no obligation write a positive review.“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from
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