The first quarter of The Deadly Shallows is filled with so much suspense and action that you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time. The characters barely have a chance to take a breath before something else unexpected happens. We actually have two different crimes in this story and you will be trying to figure out who did it, why, and are the crimes connected. We also get two well developed romances in this story!
I liked Noah and Brooke’s relationship and was desperately trying to figure out just what happened in his past that had him thinking Brooke would not want to make a life with him. He was very protective and caring of Brooke and went to great lengths to keep her safe. I also enjoyed Caleb and Austin’s romance. It was an unexpected bonus to the story and ended up being my favorite of the two. However, I felt like, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, that there was too much focus on the romances. It seemed like the crimes, especially the mass shooting, took a backseat to the developing romances.
I thought for sure this story would end up being a five star read. Sadly, when the middle of the book became more about relationships than solving the crimes it felt too unrealistic to me. It also felt a bit disjointed. I did really like that the characters prayed a lot and depended on God.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium.
A deadly attack.
A stolen weapon capable of immense destruction.
A painful secret that threatens to tear two hearts apart.
CGIS Agent Noah Rowley is rocked to the core when several of his valued team members come under fire on his Coast Guard base. He and his remaining team race to the scene and end the attack, but not before innocent lives are lost. Furious and grief-stricken, he vows to do whatever is needed to bring the mastermind behind the attack to justice.
Stunned by the ambush, Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler evacuates in a helicopter carrying the only surviving gunman. The gravely wounded man whispers mysterious information to Brooke that immediately paints a target on her back.
As Brooke and Noah race to uncover answers, emotions between them ignite. Noah struggles to protect Brooke at all costs and to conceal the secret that prevents him from becoming what he longs to be--the right man for her.
Everything is at stake as a horrifying truth emerges. . . .
The attack wasn't the end game. It was only the beginning.