Tuesday, November 22, 2022

CONCRETE EVIDENCE by DiAnn Mills, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"The gunfire. Seeing Granddad bent over the body with his gun in his hand. . . What had she seen and heard?"

Confused beyond measure, Avery Elliott is stunned to think that her beloved grandfather had anything to do with a dead body. The entire incident was very strange and more than a bit unsettling, for the famed senator's influence on her life over the years had been consistently honest and moral. Now Avery was worried that the discrepancy she'd recently uncovered in a billing statement for their family enterprise, Elliott Commercial Construction, was connected somehow; in the meantime her grandfather was volunteering very little information . . . before he went into hiding.

"But I want you to contact Houston FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins and tell him everything you saw and heard. Do so in person. Leave nothing out."

Remarkably, or providentially, Marc Wilkins' father had been a friend of Senator Elliott. "Had" being the predominant term, for Marc's father had not only been absent for most of his life, but he had recently died under rather suspicious circumstances. When Avery shows up in Marc's office with her eyewitness report, she sets off a complicated series of criminal activities. It seems no one is safe . . . including those in the path of a potentially compromised dam . . . for a raging hurricane is in the forecast.

Perhaps a bit overwritten? Quite an intriguing story, but one that went around in so many circles that everyone and anyone was suspect; and then actually not a suspect, only to become a suspect again. Where was the "concrete evidence"? Of course everything fit together in the end, a very dramatic ending as a matter of fact; one that matched the intensity of the beginning, which had successfully drawn the reader into the story in the first place.
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
On the family’s Brazos River Ranch in Texas, Avery Elliott helps run her grandfather’s commercial construction business. Raised by Senator Elliott, Avery has never doubted her grandfather is the man of integrity and faith she’s always believed him to be . . . until the day she finds him standing with a gun over the body of a dead man. To make matters worse, Avery’s just discovered a billing discrepancy for materials supposedly purchased for construction of the Lago de Cobre Dam.

Desperate for answers, Avery contacts FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins for help. As Marc works to identify the dead man Avery saw, threats toward Avery create a fresh sense of urgency to pinpoint why someone wants to silence her. With a hurricane approaching the Texas coast and the structural integrity of the Lago de Cobre Dam called into question, time is running out to get to the bottom of a sinister plot that could be endangering the lives of not only Avery and her loved ones but the entire community.

Tyndale House Publishing, November, 2022
Available in digital ebook, hardcover, or audiobook:
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