About the book:
During a family picnic, Jessica Britton’s well-ordered world is slammed against a brutal reality and her faith is tested when her mom is kidnapped, her dad is shot, and authorities can find no clues to begin their investigation. Jessica’s own anxiety and fear for her mother’s life compel her to help FBI Agent Dan Hamilton look for motives and clues that would lead to rescuing her mom. By chance, clues begin to emerge, and the once floundering investigation speeds to a hectic race against time and criminal minds in a desperate attempt to save Jessica’s mom and the lives of many in San Francisco’s business district.
I'm not normally a thriller person. But when this one came up for review, I was curious. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and I love it. I love when someone who knows the Bay Area, uses it in a book. I love recognizing landmarks and streets and neighborhoods. David Kovach lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and his setting is authentic.
The story is thrilling almost from the first page. A family outing suddenly turns violent when Angie Britton inadvertently overhears talk of a terrorist attack. When she is kidnapped right in front of her family, her husband is shot trying to rescue her and her daughters are stunned. When the FBI takes over the case, daughter Jessica wants to help Agent Dan Hamilton find her mother.
I found the novel to be well researched as far as the procedures and how the agents tracked and solve a case. The story is compelling and moves along well. The Christian elements are normal, not preachy. My only real complaint is that the conversations are a bit formal and stiff in places. Contractions are used much more in conversation than was used here. I enjoyed the romance between Jessica and Dan, although in real life, I don't think Dan would have been able to have Jessica such a part of the investigation. However, I liked the story well enough that I could dismiss that logic and simply enjoy it.
Dan Kovachs has penned a terrific, promising first novel and I hope that a sequel is in the works, because I'd love to find out what happens to that creepy Des Moines FBI director and revisiting Dan and Jessica would be great.
Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about David Kovach here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.
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