Wednesday, May 26, 2010

CALCULATED REVENGE by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Laney Thompson has lived with the guilt of the abduction and killing of her sister, Gracie, 18 years ago. She is now a teacher and has a daughter she raises on her own since her husband left and divorced her. Her world is flipped upside-down when Gracie's backpack shows up on the playground of her school. As Gracie's items continue to turn up she realizes the killer has returned. But who could it be?

Noah has a past that Laney is unaware of. He has feelings for this gentle, single mother and her daughter but will it be enough for him to use his skills he had put to rest several years ago because of his own guilt. When Laney finds out his previous occupation she offers to pay him for his services. Will they find who the real perp was? and will Laney and Noah find the future they're looking for?

This was a great mystery filled with lots of twists and turn and several red herrings. I love it when you figure out the case alone with the lead characters. Though it was a short story it did not feel rushed as all. The characters were well developed and the interaction between all of them felt very natural. I really fell in love with Brianna (Laney's daughter). What a sweet little girl, filled with faith. A great example to the adults in the story. This was a difficult story to put down. I wanted to keep turning pages to find out how it all came out. Laney dealt with guilt but was a very strong woman and had a fierce love for her daughter. Noah was a great hero and I loved the way he was with Brianna. If you are looking for a quick but satisfying read with a good message of faith and forgiveness I would totally recommend Calculated Revenge. A thank you goes to the author for sending me this copy for review.

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