Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.
When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.
Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.
Published June 6th 2017
by Bethany House Publishers
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If you like suspense then this is definitely a book for you.
This is the second installment in the Defenders of Justice series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. This a fast-paced story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This story is set in the back woods of Arkansas in the small town of Shelter Cove where Kate O'Brien has been living for the past 4 years in witness protection. 4 years ago she and her twin sister were brutally attacked and left for dead in their apartment. Katie survived the attack and testified against her attacker then went into witness protection. Tony DeLuca works for the US Marshals and heads to Shelter Cove to transport Katie back to St. Louis. Tony has a history with Katie since he protected her during the trial. He doesn't want to see her relive the attack again, but knows that it's a necessity if they want to put Alan Gerard back in prison.Both character are strong and complex. I immediately liked both. Katie is dealing with a crisis of faith and has not dealt with her attack or her sister's death. I love how the author takes an approach on the subject of faith. She makes the entire topic more understandable. She makes the character feel so real through their raw emotions. I don't want to give anything away but with Tony's arrival in Shelter Cove the plot takes unexpected twists and turns that has both characters literally running for their lives. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In May 2018 the third book in this series is set to be released.
When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she and two other marshals take Valerie on the run. And as it becomes dangerously clear Valerie's testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, they'll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.