Jun 28, 2016

Book Review: Seconds to Live

Wildlife biologist Mac Barrett avoided his hometown of Scarlet Falls for years—too many bad memories. But when he receives the news that his father is dying, he rushes home only to discover he’s too late. Shaken, Mac retreats to his remote cabin seeking peace and solace. Instead, he crashes his jeep to narrowly avoid running over the naked body of a woman lying in the road. Even more disturbing, when he regains consciousness, the body is gone.

Police detective Stella Dane wants to believe Mac, even if his story about the vanishing body seems far-fetched. But when Mac’s description matches the missing woman she’s been searching for, it raises a disturbing question: How does a dead body disappear?

Mac and Stella will have to work together to find the answer and catch a psychotic kidnapper—and quickly. The killer has a deadly message to send, and the case is about to become personal.…

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I have really enjoyed visiting Scarlett Falls and following the Barrett family as they find love.  Now the Barrett family is rather unusual in the way that they were raised as their father wanted to make sure that they could survive anything up to and including WWW 3,

Mac has always been the loner,  He is the youngest child and abused drugs when he was a teenager.  He cleaned up his act and is now working as a wildlife biologist in the jungle.  He has avoided spending much time his hometown for years but now his father is dying.  Mac arrives home to find that he had just missed telling his father goodbye.

Stella is a good police detective even if there are times that she feels that she is a token female especially when her chief shows her off to the press.  She just wants to be able to do her job which right now includes finding the vanishing naked woman that Mac saw laying on the road.  

Stella and Mac make a really good team as they compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses.  I really want to give Ms. Leigh kudos on her character building skills.  All of her characters are so real that I expect them to get up and walk off the page.  She makes it all to easy to care about what is happening with them.

And let's not forget the story itself.  It has a wonderful sense of tension woven throughout that increases as the tale goes on.  The individual behind the crimes stays hidden until the satisfying conclusion.  SECONDS TO LIVE is well worth reading.  Heck the whole Scarlett Falls saga is worth setting aside a weekend and immersing yourself in.

As you can tell, I do recommend this book and this series to my readers who enjoy romantic suspense.  There is some violence in this book but nothing over the top is pictured and the same with the sex.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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