Saturday, October 9, 2021

TRACE OF DOUBT by DiAnn Mills, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I despised the title of victim as much as I hated ex-con. . . . I'd been easy prey once. Never again."

Arriving in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas after spending nearly half of her life in prison for murdering her brother-in-law, Shelby Pearce wore no rose-colored glasses, she knew it would be difficult to start over. She just hadn't counted on someone wanting her new life to end before it even began. In spite of the generosity of a few; after all, she did have a lovely place to live and a job, Shelby couldn't help but continue to watch over her shoulder for the person or persons who clearly were planning her demise. And what was up with her closest neighbor, Denton McClure, was he just being neighborly or did ulterior motives lurk underneath that nice-guy persona?

F. B. I. Special Agent Denton McClure's presence in Valleysburg was no accident. He was convinced that Shelby Pearce not only took the life of her sister's husband, but absconded with the thousands of dollars in the case that remained unaccounted for. Shocked at the poise and humility emanating from the very lovely grown-up version of the criminal he remembered from his rookie days, Denton found himself questioning a lot of things about the case. Clearly there was more to the story, and Shelby knew it.

Bravo! "Trace of Doubt" is quite an intriguing story; boasting multiple twists, turns, knots and loops from the very beginning until the very end. In addition to the suspense, there's also an impressive amount of inspirational depth, tracing the transformation of one who had everything to lose and nothing to gain, into a woman whose simplistic faith stands firm against all odds, even as the most predictable outcome could very well demand the ultimate sacrifice. And the icing on the cake? A very sweet romance between two very unlikely candidates.

"Why do I remember
The sins that stalk my soul?
Why can't I hold on to
Forgiveness that makes me whole?
Ashes rise to steal my breath.
I choke from drowning fear.
Help me, Lord, to cling to you
In never-ending prayer."

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

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BackCover Copy:
Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

Tyndale Publishing, September, 2021
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