Thursday, March 29, 2012

Race Against Time

Author: Christy Barritt
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
April 2012
ISBN: 978-0-373-44486-1
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

Madison Jacobs is a single mother of a preschooler. After taking her son to preschool one day, Madison is running late. She goes home to do a few things but hears a ticking sound. When she goes to investigate, she discovers a man hiding in her shower, with a knife.

Brody Philips is a detective on vacation, staying in a friend’s house. He’s out on a jog when he hears Madison scream. He goes to investigate, but doesn’t find any potential killer, just Madison, hanging in the bathroom, almost dead.

The killer doesn’t seem to want to give up, and each tick of the clock seems to bring him closer to his goal. Brady vows to catch the serial killer plaguing the town, especially when he realizes the madman has trailed him to the city. Everyone seems to be at risk. Will Brody find the killer and keep Madison and her son safe?

RACE AGAINST TIME is Ms. Barritt’s newest romantic suspense. Madison seems like a typical single mom, trying to make ends meet after her divorce and provide a stable home for her son. Pulled in too many different directions, she doesn’t do the wise thing when she senses something wrong at the beginning and call for police. Brody is a real hero, kind and gentle, and going the extra mile to take care of Madison even though she initially is no one important to him. I did find it odd that he can hear her screaming and things crashing and when he goes to investigate she’s almost dead by hanging. That seemed kind of contrived. I also wondered why he didn’t call for backup when he found the situation.

If you are looking for a romantic suspense, then RACE AGAINST TIME is one that will keep you guessing. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $5.75. 218 pages.

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