Series: The Nikki Boyd Files #2
Author: Lisa Harris
No. of Pages: 320
Published: July 5, 2016
Source: Revell Publishing
Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B & N
Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman.
Nikki Boyd isn’t usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant–and another dead body–Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business–including Nikki.
Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts readers right into the action in this fast-paced thriller that will have them turning pages long into the night. ― Publisher
WHAT I LIKED
The overarching storyline was well written and executed murder mystery at its finest! From the onset of the book, I was instantly immersed in the climatic conditions of the prose. Following this further, there are more than a few mysteries that unfold in Missing, but they never feel overwrought or discombobulated. In fact, they tie in sensibly and neatly in the end. It goes without saying that, Lisa Harris has easily become one of my all-time favorite mystery writers; truth be told, all the books that I have read from her series read just like a movie making my overall reading experience utterly engrossing.
While my feelings are in a mixed bag when it comes to the main characters in this series, I have thoroughly enjoyed the villains! Each one of their backstories is coherent and we come to acknowledge what drives their brooding darkness and fury. To boot, their unrelenting hostility towards Nikki, the team, and the solution to the storyline is brutal, and this, to me, is awesome because Nikki and the team don’t come across as simpletons so to speak.
The storytelling is superb as well as the pacing and tone of the prose. It adds the perfect amount of tension and excitement, and while there are a good handful of characters in this story, each voice and character arc is distinct. What I mean to say is, you never lose the emotions or perspectives from each character.
Then we have the basic premise of the novel which is based on counterfeit drugs and went on to stir an endless amount of questions and conspiracies. Seriously, it’s bad enough to acknowledge that I’m an extremely superstitious person ― yes, I have my theories on why cancer rates are increasing, but this is not a topic I want to divulge on at the moment; thus, to read a story that taps into the greed and folly of humanity was unnerving but altogether intriguing to say the least.
THINGS THAT MADE ME GO HMMM. . .
My only quibble with Missing was with the overwhelming amount of character deaths that left no real effect. Granted, there was a ripple effect of each victim’s death, but it just felt meaningless at times and jarring.
Missing’s romantic plotline has stunned me by not being the typical romantic prose we see in most conceived scenarios; in fact, I’m not quite sure how I feel about Nikki and Tyler’s ebb of emotions at this point. On one hand, in light of Katie’s death, I find it genuinely unsettling that both characters have shown a strong interest for one another, and as a result, I cannot help but wonder if perhaps their questionable affair stems from an inevitable empty void? Nikki’s being the kidnapping of her sister and Tyler’s being Katie’s death. On the other hand, I suppose a relationship like theirs can flourish in time; I’m just finding it difficult to accept the time frame is all. In retrospect, Nikki did spend a great deal of time with Tyler’s family when Katie was alive, but the question remains! Was there a physical attraction when Katie was alive? Nevertheless, the romance does not disappoint, there were plenty of simultaneous heartwarming and heartrending moments which (more often than not) established an interesting stage for the next book in the series.
Overall, Missing was an intriguing read that took a sharp turn in view of its thematic scope and delivered a riveting suspenseful climax and satisfying resolution. I cannot wait to see what book three, Pursue will deliver.
SPECIAL BITS & PIECES
Being scared is normal. Being brave isn’t about not feeling scared at all. It’s feeling scared inside, but not letting it stop you from doing what you need to do.
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Death, loss of a loved one, murder, attempted murder, kidnappings, hostage crisis, abuse of drugs, counterfeit drugs
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