Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book review: The Survivor (Crime Scene: Houston) by DiAnn Mills

Hey lovelies!
Today I'm reviewing The Survivor (the second book in the Crime Scene: Houston series) by DiAnn Mills.

Back cover summary

Is it her next bestseller . . . Or her last words? In The Chase, award-winning author DiAnn Mills introduced you to the world of Kariss Walker, the bestselling suspense author with a nose for trouble. In The Survivor, Kariss gets the chance to tell her most powerful story yet. But will it revitalize her writing career? Or bring it to a violent end? Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into danger. Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss's new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find out who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold case?

Why I would pick this book up again

 If you like a good suspense with a totally unpredictable culprit and a nice romance mixed in, then this book is definitely for you. And if you like anything to do with the FBI and something that looks like the CSI television series you'll love this book.

The main character Kariss Walker is extremely brave and strong headed. While this was admirable in most parts of the book, it did get annoying at certain points. Tigo would have to be my favorite character. He was blunt at first  (that being his FBI agent side) but his caring side made him quite the attractive character. Although Amy was a victim anyone would sympathize with there were a few times when she was unreasonable (which was understandable).   
I loved the way Kariss constantly took everything to God. And the whole story with Tigo and God was encouraging. The was Amy held on to God despite of all that had happened to her was admirable.

What I didn't like
It was hard reading about what had happened to Amy. I'm a pretty soft person so reading about such an ordeal was tough. I didn't like the chapters written in the culprit's point of view, especially knowing what he'd done. His trail of thought was pretty terrible. If you're as soft as I am, you may have a really hard time reading those chapters.

Why I recommend this book

The Survivor is a book I would recommend because it deals really well with themes of healing and forgiveness. And it is definitely a page turner.

I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you like/not like? If not, would you?

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