Thursday, March 7, 2024

ONE FINAL TARGET by Janice Cantore, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Four good cops died on my watch. They. Were. My. Responsibility."

Continuing to reel under relentless waves of grief and guilt over the deaths of her teammates, former police sergeant Jodie King is still trying to figure out what "life after" looks like; resigning from her job and taking an early pension has left her mentally, physically and spiritually adrift. Returning to the scene of the fatal explosion, she suddenly becomes an unknown shooter's bullseye, until a "superhero" in the form of officer Sam Gresham randomly shows up at exactly the right time. What were the chances?

Sam Gresham is well acquainted with loss, his body bears the scars of trying to rescue a fellow officer who was also a best friend; his heart is filled with compassion while observing the gaunt figure and haunted eyes that reside within the former special units officer. Jodie's scars penetrate deep on the inside, her faith questions are valid, and even to be expected, but it's the continued attempts on her life that are a grave concern. Sam is fully prepared to fight . . . on her behalf and to pray . . . for her faith to be renewed. Perhaps, after the dust settles the two of them can become much better acquainted . . . on a more personal level.

"Be still and know that I am God."

What great faith principles are embedded in this novel! Through multiple conversations with multiple characters, words of truth encircle Jodie in a protective covering of prayer and supplication, coaxing her heart to release its burden. The take-off and landing of this plot were exemplary . . . I never saw the end coming and neither did the characters!

"God is good, even when life is not."

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:

Two wounded heroes shattered by tragedy and paralyzed by guilt and must find their footing and work together to catch a killer.

A warrant service in the San Bernardino Mountains goes horribly wrong when an IED blast kills four police officers. Devastated by the loss of her team, the lone survivor, Long Beach sergeant Jodie King, struggles with her guilt and grief, especially as the case remains open with no clear leads or suspects. Weeks after the explosion, Jodie retires from the police department and returns to the mountain bomb site seeking peace and resolution . . . only to find herself in the crosshairs once again.

Sam Gresham just happens to be in the right place at the right time when shots are fired at Jodie. The newest detective for the county sheriff’s department, Sam is assigned to work the IED, his first case back after his own traumatic loss. While Sam sees an opportunity to help Jodie heal from her lingering scars, Jodie hopes fresh eyes will bring new insight to the investigation. Because after this latest shooting, one thing seems clear: Jodie has always been the intended target—and the threat may be much closer to her than anyone wants to admit.

Janice Cantore delivers another pulse-pounding contemporary romantic suspense novel about overcoming grief and learning to trust again.

-Contemporary romantic suspense
-Discussion questions for book clubs
-Police drama

Tyndale House Publishing, February 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook:
Buy ONE FINAL TARGET at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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