Nothing says “I’ve missed you” like breaking into the home of your childhood sweetheart in the dead of night. And that’s exactly what Jackie Sellars did when she learned her friend Ian, whom she hasn’t seen in fifteen years, is wanted by the FBI. Jackie is the lead character in Lynette Eason’s new romantic suspense thriller, No Place to Hide.
A former cop, Jackie now works for Operation Refuge, an organization that provides help and shelter to those who can’t help themselves…to people with no place to run and no place to hide. She is determined to help Ian Lockwood figure out who is setting him up. Ian, a researcher for Wainwright Labs, received a coded e-mail not meant for his eyes.
When Jackie sees his picture splashed all over the news accusing him of a terrorist plot, she tries to call Ian, but gets no answer. That’s when she decides to break into his home in the middle of the night. That’s when she finds Ian, and his dog Gus, trying to hide from four thugs who are out to murder him. This begins their scramble for safety, running from the bad guys and the FBI. Their days on the lam take them from Atlanta, GA all the way to the city of New York.
Throughout the thrills and plots of the book, we find that Jackie is actually running from her past and from God. The on-again, off-again relationship of her parents, coupled with abuse from them, finally sends her running to live at her Grandfather’s. She left her home without saying goodbye to anyone, not even Ian. As for Ian, his past has been rough also, but he’s never lost his faith in God.
Ian and Jackie are determined to prove his innocence. The feds think he’s murdered an Atlanta CDC employee, and is working on a bio-terrorism bacteria. The bad guys just want him dead, before he cracks the code in the e-mail.
Jackie and Ian find themselves in many tight spots – physically and emotionally – while they are running. They begin to grow closer, and realize their mutual attraction from childhood still runs deep. Jackie begins to see Ian’s dependance upon the Lord, and realizes this is where his strength comes from. Could this be the key to her own feelings of emptiness?
Lynette does a good job of keeping the story moving and the reader guessing. I actually figured out one small twist (any detective wanna-be, like me, would figure it out), however there was one plot twist at the end that was quite surprising! Of course, I can’t give you a hint about what it is!
This is a good summer read, perfect for the beach or a relaxing vacation. Anyone that enjoys a who-done-it thriller would like this book, which is the third in Lynette’s Hidden Identity series.
I received this book free from the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.