Thursday, May 26, 2011

‘A Killer Among Us’ by Lynette Eason – Book Review

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I really enjoy an interesting amalgam of genres called Romantic Suspense. The latest book I have read that fits that category is ‘A Killer Among Us’ by Lynette Eason.

Here is the synopsis of this book:

What happens when the hunter…becomes the hunted? Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. These two partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he may be hunting one of them.
With nail-biting suspense, clever plot twists, and a hint of romance, A Killer Among Us is the latest thriller from Lynette Eason.

Here is the biography of this author:

Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her master’s in education at Converse College. Author of ten inspiration romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home and Don’t Look Back, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married “the boy next door,” and now she and her husband and two sons, whom she homeschools, make their home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Here’s the book trailer for this thrilling novel:

Don’t Look Back’ was the second book in Lynette’s ‘Women of Justice’ series (you can read my review here). The first book is ‘Too Close to Home,’ which I have not read as yet. Sadly, this is the last book in the series.

Just as with ‘Don’t Look Back,’ I really enjoyed reading ‘A Killer Among Us.’ Mrs. Eason writes with an expert touch. The plotline is intriguing and makes me want to keep reading to determine the identity of the protagonist and to follow all of the twists and turns.

The protagonist in this book was not sympathetic at all! I did not guess who the serial killer was, but I was definitely creeped out by this person! It is sad how the world produces such people. In that way, I am empathetic toward him in that he did not know Jesus, and did not know that there is a better way of living.

One of my favorite parts of Christian-themed books is how they share the Gospel through a character. The main character in this book that has strong faith is Kit Kenyon’s partner, Noah Lambert. Generally, these characters influence other characters to look to the Lord, and that was the case in this novel. He would offer to meet with his pastor and the people he met during his job as a police detective, for instance. He also was not afraid to confront Kit with tough questions. Here is an exchange between the two of them, beginning with Kit:

“I went through several years of therapy and belonged to an amazing….” She paused and cocked her head. “Huh.”
“I was going to say an amazing church. But I just remembered that church part.” Memories flooded her. “We had a great children’s minister. He and his wife practically adopted me after that. He was a trained counselor. Not the one I saw on a regular basis, but he helped…a lot.” She shifted, agitated. “I can’t believe I didn’t remember that until now. How weird.”
“Not so weird. You’ve already said you’re mad at God.”
“Yeah, I am. Sort of.”
“Anger is a powerful emotion. You’ve probably suppressed some good things about God in order to hold on to that anger. The question is, why are you so mad at him?” (p. 129)

If you are looking for a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and has a Christian theme interspersed, I would highly recommend that you read ‘A Killer Among Us.’

You can order this book here.

Available May, 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Books. This book was provided by Revell for review purposes.

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