Monday, February 27, 2012

High-level suspense that's addicting! ~ Not This Time by Vicki Hinze ~Review

About the Book

Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?

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My Review

Do you really know your friends and neighbors?

Not This Time is the third book in the Crossroad Crisis Center series and if you love a suspenseful story that will keep you up late then this is the one for you! The pacing was rapid with barely a moment to breathe that made it hard to put down. It totally drew me in and had me flipping the pages as fast I could read them. Spellbinding suspense kept me thinking of possible scenarios each time I had to lay it aside.

My favorite character is Joe. He’s a Shadow Watcher, part of an elite group that is hunting NINA, a terrorist organization, and their operatives. He’s introduced in book two, Deadly Ties, and I was so happy to see him spotlighted in his own story. Of course, he’s not an attention hog, so we get lots of face time with Beth, Sara, and Jeff who are trying to figure out who is behind the latest attack, and a murder or two, in Seagrove Village. But Joe has a special something. Maybe it’s his Cajun drawl that surfaces, and the pitch of his voice, when he’s talking to Beth. He unconsciously slips into his “real” self around her, trusting her with his secrets.

And boy howdy, there are some big secrets in Seagrove Village! I was shocked to find out the identities of some of the terrorists, and I’m usually pretty good at ferreting out the bad guys. Some of the scenes are so sad but there’s a theme of redemption that is unquestionably one of the best I have ever read. Not This Time, along with Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties, has a place of honor on my bookshelf because I will be reading and re-reading them for years to come!

WaterBrook Multnomah provided a copy of the book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done. No compensation has been received.

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Written by Vicki Hinze
Read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue

Release Date: Feb 21, 2012

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  1. Sounds exciting and I love a good suspense story! I need to keep this author in mind! I hope you have a blessed day!

  2. I read the first two books in this series and really enjoyed them, but I haven't had time to read this one yet. Not sure if I will or not. I really liked book 2, book 1 not as much.

  3. You see... you're writing excellent reviews, Anne!
    Haven't tried this author yet, but I'll keep her in mind.

  4. Hey Marian! You're so funny :) Thanks for coming by and commenting! Vicki Hinze really is one of the best writers!

  5. Hey Kate, I'm a huge fan of Vicki's and have enjoyed all her books, but I do agree. Forget Me Not was my least fav of the 3 in this series, but I'm still glad I read it. It really sets the background for NINA and Seagrove Village.

  6. Hi Cecelia, Vicki writes some of the best in Suspense with just the right amount of romance ;) Do look her up and grab a book. I really like how they come in so many formats. Thanks for coming by! I hope you have a blessed day too!


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