“Your parents’ case defined you, dictated your choices most of your life,” Abby is told in Janice Cantore’s novel, Burning Proof.
~ What ~
Second in the Cold Case Justice series, this four-hundred-page paperback targets those that enjoy Christian suspense with romance. With no profanity, topics of rape, human trafficking, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The English Standard and New International Versions of the Holy Bible, as well as the Living Bible, are referenced. An advance reader copy was read and reviewed.
In this current-day story, thirty-something-year-old Abby Hart is a homicide investigator in Long Beach, California. Unable to forget her parents’ murders when she was six-years-old, she is determined to find the killer. When she is forced to shoot a grieving father, her foundation of protecting others is rocked, making her wonder if she should quit the force.
With her retired cop / mentor, Woody, and the good-looking private investigator, Luke Murphy, she gets involve in resolving a ten-year-old abduction-rape case of a girl still struggling for resolution as Abby continues to search for the person who murdered her parents decades ago.
~ Why ~
Written with well-developed characters and loose ends, this second book in the series turns a ten-year-old cold rape case into a personal challenge for a policewoman as she wonders where her life is headed vocationally and regarding her engagement to a missionary.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the topic of a teen being raped and the aftermath of how it affected the girl as she tried to get over it. Others may find the abrupt ending frustrating in not resolving many issues, both criminally or romantically.
~ Who ~
Author Cantore is a retired police officer with twenty-two years’ experience working with the Long Beach Police Department. Having worked a variety of assignments such as patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training, she brings a plethora of police scenarios to her writing.
~ Wish ~
As I got wrapped up in the romantic interest between two main players, I found it annoying that this second book in the series left so many unanswered questions, forcing me to wait for the next sequel in the series.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy police mysteries with potential romances that take the time to come to a conclusion, this one based in several areas of Southern California with a policewoman, private investigators, and decade-old cold cases will grab your attention.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this book to read and review.
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