Lindlee did it! One book in every category for RITA® Reader Challenge. This book finaled in the Romantic Suspense category.
Plot Summary: A love to die for… On the run since his daughter was born, Mitch Turner has concealed a truth so dangerous, its discovery could jeopardize both their lives. But when a series of shocking murders hits their newfound home, the trail leads straight to Mitch. With the police out for blood and his daughter ripped from his arms, he has nowhere to turn—until a beautiful stranger offers her help. Neesy Brown has made mistakes in her life, yet she refuses to believe this mysterious man is a killer. There’s a strength in his broad shoulders that draws her to him and a weariness in his eyes that she longs to ease. As the murders tear her small town apart, she vows to help Mitch find his missing child. But a cunning predator is pulling them deeper and deeper into his fatal game. And the price of losing is the child—and the future—they could both share…
And now, Lindlee’s final review:
Two Lethal Lies is a beautiful love story. However, it’s not so much a romantic tale between a man and a woman so much as a moving tale of the love a father has for his daughter. This story is about Mitch and the sacrifices he’s willing to make for his daughter, Julia. In a lot of ways, the romance between Mitch and Neesy was the secondary story.
I did like the romance between Mitch and Neesy. The two like and respect one another and there is an obvious attraction between them. It’s just that the rest of the story is so compelling it tends to overshadow their relationship. However, it didn’t lesson my enjoyment of the book.
The most important relationship in the book was between Mitch and Julia. His desire to protect her from his brother is the driving force of the story. I liked Julia’s character. She’s a good kid who’s coming to that age where she’s starting to question Mitch. Julia is ready to settle and stop running. However, she doesn’t push Mitch too hard because the two of them have such a strong bond.
I also thought the villain of the story (Mitch’s brother, Dutch) was very well written. Too often in suspense novels I wonder how the villain managed to get away his crimes because he is not particularly impressive. However, this is not the case with Dutch. Dutch is described as unnaturally handsome and charismatic. Everyone who meets him is initially very charmed by his presence and manner (even Neesy and Julia). I was able to see how Dutch was able to get away with his past crimes.