An Incredibly Well-Done Suspense Novel

imageVendetta, written by Lisa Harris and published by Revell in the fall of 2015, is the first book in a new series entitled “The Nikki Boyd Files”.  As a mystery and romantic thriller, this novel has it all – heart-pounding action, emotional drama, and suspense that is enough to make you a little (or a lot) hesitant to read it after dark! Of course if you are like me, you WILL still read it after the sun goes down, because the suspense will just be too much to bear, and you will HAVE to find out what happens next.

Vendetta is very reminiscent of various crime shows on television, just in book format. In similar television fashion, it seems the series will have an ongoing story woven between the books. Of course, this first book also contains a separate-but-related mystery that is solved by the end. With this technique in play, I’m sure you realize that after reading Vendetta you will be anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, set to be released in July 2016! Interestingly, one difference between this novel and typical television crime series is that the element of spirituality, essentially praying and having faith in God, is included in a natural and believable way. In truth, the emotional and spiritual dilemmas faced by protagonist Nikki and several secondary characters are extremely realistic, and much deeper than would be expected in a suspense novel. Naturally, this allows the characters to be vividly “alive” to the reader. Even to walk off the page.

If unexpected homicides, tension-packed missing person cases, and highly frightening scenes trouble you deeply, then this is not the book for you. It is scary, the crime scenes are descriptive (but not overly so), and numerous portions are emotionally difficult to read. On the other hand, if you enjoy the heart-thumping tension and suspense of a missing person case, Vendetta is extremely well written and believable. As can be expected, it is not perfect. For example, a few portions became annoying because of the continual repetition of the facts of the situation (yes, we KNOW that if she stays out any longer hypothermia is inevitable, in fact we understood this aspect five explanations ago!), but I think this technique is similar to that used by television crime dramas, to heighten the tension and build a sense of time running out. Overall, however, Vendetta is a great addition to my library, and a superb start to an exciting new series. I know that come next July, I will be first in line to read Missing, book two in “The Nikki Boyd Files”. And if you decide to give Nikki Boyd’s story a try, I’m pretty sure you will be waiting, too!

I am grateful to have received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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