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Deadly Ties: A Novel (Crossroads Crisis Center)

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A book by Vicki Hinze

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Author: Vicki Hinze
Publisher: Multnomah Books
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Some Believability Issues, but Still Fun to Read

  • Feb 24, 2011
Lisa Harper had faced many challenges in her life. Following the death of her loving and caring father, her mother, Annie, married Dutch Hauk--a man who quickly turned into a monster. His determination to control both women led Annie to make the difficult decision to relinquish her parenting rights to a close friend when Lisa was sixteen. Though they lived in the same small town, for years Dutch ensured they never communicated with each other. Eventually, with the help of Mark Taylor, Lisa reached a point to where she could rescue her mom from the years of abuse, but no one was prepared for how far Dutch would go to keep control of Annie. The second book of The Crossroads Crisis Center Series, Deadly Ties, is an entertaining, though sometimes unrealistic story that races from state to state, plunging the reader into staggering evil and the horrors of human trafficking.

After finishing a rather dark and heavy book, I was looking forward to something on the lighter side. I very much enjoyed the first book in The Crossroads Crisis Center Series, Forget Me Not. It had a sweet storyline with a memorable theme that tied nicely to the title. So I knew that following a blood bath, this was a good one to pick up to lighten my mood and remind me of God's goodness. As expected, Deadly Ties filled my need for encouragement and though it explored some rather disturbing issues, its consistent reminder of God's omnipotence was a welcomed comfort.

The opening chapters of this book are exceptionally strong. The three flashbacks, which set up Annie, Mark, and Karl's background, are well written and quickly grab the reader's attention. There's instant empathy and understanding for how Annie found herself with an abusive husband as well as an appreciation for Mark's feelings of guilt and unworthiness. I'm not sure if it was the author's intent, but I also felt compassion for Karl. He's an assassin, after Kelly (from the first book), vengeful, and certainly has quite a bit of evil, but he also had some love and was willing to risk his safety to reluctantly help someone else. Hopefully he'll be back in another book and maybe he'll turn from the proverbial dark side.

This was a fun book to read, but it did struggle with believability. It is fiction and I read for entertainment. So while I shook my head at times and realized there was no way law enforcement officers would handle certain situations as they did or highly experienced criminals would make certain mistakes, I was able to let it go and simply enjoy the story.

Since it had been over a year since I read Forget Me Not, I was very grateful for the excellent job by Hinze of refreshing my memory. Though this is a sequel, those that have not read the first, would have no problems picking up this one. There is some overlap in characters and the illegal organization NINA is again involved. However, the pertinent background information is provided while not spoiling the first book.

Like the previous book, Hinze includes some really nice spiritual themes. Her application of Lisa and Mark's numerous struggles were well incorporated and executed. The reminder that often times the difficulties we face are to prepare us for only a future God knows, was presented in a manner that was both encouraging and uplifting. It's good to remember that God is always in control and even though it sometimes feels like He's willing to help others, but not us, He's still there, He still loves us, and from all sorts of evil, can come an abundance of good.

Review title provided courtesy of Multnomah Books

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