Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes #1) by Lisa Harris

Title: Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes #1)
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 320
Year: 2013
Publisher: Revell

About the book:

     She’s dedicated her life to ending violence. But has she moved too deep into a treacherous world?

     When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common – a magnolia tattoo on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. As they venture deep into a sinister criminal world, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities – and their hearts.

     Dangerous Passage exposes a fully realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. You’ll be hooked from the start.

My review:

     An incredible crime story!

     Avery North is a wonderful character. She has a huge conflict going on inside trying to balance her job as a police detective and her family commitments. This whole conflict is very well presented as she works her way through leading the team trying to solve the murders of 2 Jane Does. Along with this inner conflict she is dealing with personal heartache from losses in the past that keep coming to her mind as the case progresses. She is a very realistic character that has been developed with incredible thought to detail.

     She is surrounded by a number of other well written characters both in her family and on her team. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. I hope that I learn more about them in future books in this series.

     The plot leaves nothing to be desired. It is very intricately woven and proceeds to build throughout the novel. It is very nicely interspersed with sections that work to develop the characters and their relationships. This novel has a very nice balance between the two. I was kept guessing throughout the story as to exactly how the murders were committed and how they tied in with other criminal activity that was going on.

     I have really learned my own tastes in reading material and again I’ve picked up a book that I find I have to give 5 stars to. This one captured my interest so thoroughly that I read it in just 2 days, which I haven’t been able to accomplish in quite some time. It was just so good that I couldn’t get distracted from reading it. Not even by my adorable 6 year old granddaughter. I highly recommend it.

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