By Janice Cantore
20 years ago Officer Brinna Caruso was six years old when she was kidnapped and left to die in the middle of the desert. But Brinna survived and has made it her life's mission to find and rescue other children who go missing. But sometimes she's too late... and because of this she doesn't believe God could possibly exist.
Jack lived for the sentencing of the drunk who killed his wife and his unborn daughter. His loss embittered him towards God, isolating him from his friends.
When Brinna gets caught up in a shooting she is reassigned from K-9 unit to regular patrol with Jack O'Reilly an almost burned out homicide detective struggling with the loss of his wife. Neither is happy with the assignment. Brinna wants to work with Hero, not a two-legged partner with emotional baggage. Jack wanted to leave homicide behind and return to patrol, but being teamed up with Brinna wasn't part of his plan.
When a kidnapping goes bad and a young girl found dead, it appears that a copycat is taunting Brinna. The question is why now? And who knew enough about Brinna's kidnapping to pull this off?
Critical Pursuit is a search not just for justice but of the heart as Jack and Brinna struggle with their doubts about God. When loss touches one personally it can affect how one views the eternal, because without belief in God how can one believe in the existence of Heaven?
Critical Pursuit packs a lot of thought provoking dialog and action between the covers. Told through both Brinna and Jack's perspective one gets a more complete feel for the two lead characters. It is also interesting how the various characters react to the same situations, for example how Brinna's abduction affected her family and their relationships with one another.
I read this book in one afternoon and because of the superb writing that just pulled me in I am looking forward to reading Visible Threat the second book about Brinna Caruso, of which there is a teaser excerpt included.
In exchange for honest review of this book Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
About the Book:
Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it’s personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.
Detective Jack O’Reilly isn’t ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He’s on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he’s assigned as Brinna’s partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner.
Skeptical of Jack’s motives, Brinna isn’t sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.
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