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Synopsis from the back of the book:
Officer Brinna Caruso wants perfection — perfect justice and a perfect world. She wants to save and protect all the innocents in the world, no matter the cost.
Orphaned and struggling to get by, Ivana and her sister left Bulgaria for America with dreams of a better life. But since they arrived in Long Beach, everything they were promised has turned out to be a lie.
After a dead girl is found in the river with a mysterious tattoo on her hip, homicide detective Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help. Unaware of the depths of evil that will be uncovered, Brinna finds herself flung into a dangerous frontier–an organized human trafficking ring.
Like the first book in this series, this book was a page turner. I enjoyed catching up with Brinna and Jack as they work together to solve the mystery of the dead girl. I found this book better than the first because they also explore their feelings for each other. Nice romantic angle in the midst of the suspense.
Brinna has closed the chapter on her past in the previous story and is now exploring developing relationships with those around her, including God. I really admired the fact that she was determined to protect the innocent and that she struggled with how to do that in the confines of her job.
I really enjoyed getting to know Jack more. At this point he is healing from the death of his wife and is ready to move on with his career and with his relationships as well. He is now free to explore that spark that is between him and Brinna.
Within the book is the issue of human trafficking. What a terrible thing it is. I liked the way that the author shed light on something that many are not aware exists in the United States. I was also intrigued by the research notes about the issue that the author included.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Brinna’s struggle with balancing her determination to provide justice and the confines of her job. I also liked how Jack was maturing in his relationships.
What I didn’t like about this book:
The police terminology added realism to the story, but sometimes it pulled me out of the story. It didn’t occur that much to make a difference in the overall story though.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. I thought it was particularly interesting, as a non-police person, to see the inner workings of the police. This is the second book in the series, but it reads well as a standalone.
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