Her enemy will stop at nothing for control ... and everything is not enough .
A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper's idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart--and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch's evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe--and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections: ones like former Special Operations officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life--and even more difficult for him, he must trust God--as one question haunts them all: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it's too late?
Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze was everything I love in a good book, mystery, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. Halfway through the book I was hooked and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was going to happen.
The main character Lisa was likable and believable. I liked that after everything she'd been through in her life that she wasn't a coward and that she didn't depend on anyone to save her, that she was resourceful and strong. Lisa's love interest Mark was likable as well. He had that "wounded soul" aspect that every woman loves and can relate to. His need to protect Lisa and Annie is apparent from the beginning.
I was a bit taken back by Lisa's mothers character. I didn't understand how a mother would stay with someone so abusive, how she would give up her daughter because of her husband all because of her belief in God. But it did make for a good storyline.
This storyline involved so many different elements of crime. Kidnapping, murder, human trafficking, and physical abuse. I loved that it was intertwined with love, friendships, faith and trust.
I'm surprised that I've never heard of Vicki Hinze's books before, I'll be getting the first book in this series and I'm really looking forward to the next book in 2012.
A great read.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.