Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Vendetta {a book review}

I started reading “Vendetta” by Lisa Harris in a waiting room and then sat down on the couch in the middle of an ordinary September afternoon because I wanted to read more. I was reminded how a good fiction book is like a mini vacation. The story begins with action as continues on with a good pace from there.

A member of the Tennessee Mission Persons Task Force, Nikki Boyd is pulled between a family crisis, the grief of a long-time friend, and a case that has her attention. The characters are developed well and their stories reminded me how scars and experiences propel us and haunt us – sometimes in the same moment.

Yes, “Vendetta,” which officially releases today, is a fiction book, but it contains truth that matters beyond the pages.

“... sometimes there truly is nothing you can do to change your circumstances. Sometimes all you can do is hold on for dear life and pray that God will help you find a way through the storm. Sometimes he shows you a way to escape, and sometimes he walks through the fire with you. But I'm starting to realize that as much as I've battled with God, nothing that happens here on this earth changes who God is.”

Vendetta” is the first in Harris’ new series The Nikki Boyd Files. And, of course, it ended in a way that resolved the case but has me ready for more of Nikki Boyd’s story.

ABOUT THE BOOK :: From the back cover: No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after 10 years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter but the hunted.

Paperback. 304 pages. Published Oct. 6, 2016 by Revell.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :: Lisa Harris is a Christy Award winner and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of nearly 30 books, including “Dangerous Passage,” “Fatal Exchange,” and “Hidden Agenda,” Harris and her family have spent 12 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. They currently live in Mozambique, where Lisa leads a women's ministry and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. Learn more at her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Earlier this year, I interviewed Lisa Harris as I was reviewing "Hidden Agenda," the third book in her Southern Crimes series. Check out that post here.

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