Saturday, March 7, 2015

Web of Deceit (Agents Under Fire #1) by Susan Sleeman

Title: Web of Deceit (Agents Under Fire #1)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 260
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?

     When FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper – the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI – Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby.

     Three years later, and not even a whisper of a lead in her search, Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life.

     As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line – including the relationship he’s developed with Kait – to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move – and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights t raise his daughter.

My review:

     This is an intricately woven clean read suspense novel.

     From the beginning of the book I was caught up in the plot of the story. It starts with FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight facing off with her brother-in-law as he points a gun at her threatening to kill her. This face-off ends with one dead and Kait devoted to catching the killer. Fast forward 3 years and the killer is now coming after Kait to make her pay for that death.

     I loved the characters of both Kait and Sam. They are both very human and dealing with wounds from their pasts. They are trying to sort out their feelings and do the very best that they can at their jobs and in relationships with others. I was able to follow through and understand what they were each dealing with as the story progressed. There were also a number of secondary characters that played key roles in the story that were well developed and presented.

     The plot of the story was very intricate and had lots of twists and turns in it. It kept me guessing as the different key points were revealed. The killer’s evil intent was gradually shown piece by piece even as an onion might be peeled layer by layer.

     As with each of the previous books by Susan Sleeman that I’ve reviewed I have to give this one 5 stars. She is just that good of a writer. I can’t wait for her next book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense novels. You won’t be disappointed by it.

     You can find more information about this series of books at Susan Sleeman’s web site at:

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