The characters were very well-written and their interactions with other characters in the book felt realistic. Detective Abby Hart and Luke Murphy, a local private investigator, are very likeable and I connected with them immediately. The situations they were in and the way they handled themselves felt true to their occupations. There was also some great tension between Luke and Abby, and some attraction that they both wanted to avoid, due to Abby’s engagement to another man.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Abby work her cases and attempt to bring closure to the victims’ families. As Abby worked to find the guilty parties, there was another underlying theme in the book. Abby Hart desperately wanted to know who was behind the murder of her parents when she was a child. This thread of the story is so very interesting and the author did a great job of slowly revealing bits of information. She kept me guessing until the end.
I am happy to see that the story will continue in book two. This book is not a cliff hanger at all, but some portions of the storyline are still waiting to be answered. I look forward to finding out more and to visiting with these characters again. (4.5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart.With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she’s anxious to talk to him about a cold case that’s personal to her–one Luke is interested in as well.As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents’ lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. She has penned six novels, the Pacific Coast Justice series, Visible Threat, and Critical Pursuit. Drawing Fire is the first book in the Cold Case Justice series.