Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Trapped by Irene Hannon
Trapped by Irene Hannon, Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group), $14.99 list price, paperback. Book 2 in the Private Justice series.
When Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister Darcy runs away, Laura turns to former ATF agent and now private investigator James "Dev" Devlin for help in finding her. The more they discover about Darcy's last known whereabouts, who she was with, and the circumstances surrounding her departure, the more suspicious they become that she has fallen prey to someone intent on doing harm. Their efforts are hindered by a winter storm that has all but shut down the city, along with the distraction of growing romantic feelings for each other.
The reader learns early on what has happened to Darcy and who is responsible but that only adds to the suspense as the rest of the book centers on Laura and Dev trying to find her before it is too late.
This was a good story focusing on the theme of teenage runaways and their vulnerability to predatory individuals. The Christian and romance themes readers expect from this genre are there as well but are not overdone. Anyone who wants a good novel that effectively builds suspense without graphic detail and language will enjoy this book.
This is the second book in the Private Justice series but enough information is given about events and characters from the first one so a first-time reader won't be lost.