Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Series: Code of Honor # 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Released: October 3, 2017
352 pages
About the Book:

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  (5 stars)  

“That’s sort of how God operates. This is a flawed world, no questions about it – but he saved it anyway . . . and he’s never given up on us.”

I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected.  

Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to being the one to take of others and herself. Who does she turn to when she becomes the focus of a police investigation? I couldn’t imagine the guilt she would have been feeling when it appears that she messed up her mom’s meds. I really felt for her, but she was much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She was strong in her faith and never questioned God through it all. Colin comes from a difficult past but his experience has motivated his passion for the work he does. His persistence to get answers was admirable and I liked how he was blunt expressing his intentions to Trish. I absolutely loved that Mac from Buried Secrets was included as Colin’s partner. The ribbing he gave Colin about Trish and him trying to play matchmaker was hilarious.

As I got further into the story I had what I thought was a crazy theory about one character but the closer we got to solving the cases my theory turned out to be really what happened and not a theory at all. I was so excited and shouted “I knew it!” (my husband just looked at me and shook his head.) There was a moment where I was scared that help would not arrive in time, but the ending left me satisfied. Justice may not have been brought to all characters in the story, but was served for the main characters. Sometimes this is just the way it is in real life. I was pleased with the way Ms. Hannon weaved the story and characters together, it was filled with intrigue, suspense, romance and friendship. This was a wonderful start to a new series, I can’t wait to get to know Colin’s friends more and see what else Ms. Hannon has in store for readers.

“It felt like heaven to be held against his broad chest while his heart
hammered a staccato rhythm against her ear.”
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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