by Shannon K. Butcher
‘Delta Force’ trilogy, Book #3
SOME DIE FOR LOVE. OTHERS KILL FOR IT.
NOWHERE TO RUN
Teacher Isabelle Carson is grief-stricken, angry, and scared. Three of her childhood friends have died. The police say they’re suicides, but Isabelle knows they would never, ever take their own lives. Her past binds her to every victim, and she knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer comes after her. Only one man can help her now, the only man she’s ever trusted, the man who saved her so long ago…
NO PLACE TO HIDE
For Grant Kent, Delta Force vet, just being near Isabelle brings back old memories and desires, and stirs longings he’d rather deny. Yet he can’t ignore the real terror in her eyes, or resist the thought of holding her again. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into a passionate affair, a killer coninutes his deadly rampage and plots his next move: the “suicide” of Isabelle Carson.
Review: “I’m not killing them, I’m helping them…”
Isabelle Carson knows these people, and she knows they’d never commit suicide, especially her friend Beverly. They all shared a past; all were foster kids in the home of the molesting, pedofile Lavine. Fourteen years earlier, Grant had been moved to Lavine’s care. One night, while sneaking out, he came upon Lavine trying to rape Isabelle, his rage snapped his control and he put a permanent halt to Lavine’s molestations.
Fourteen years later, now a Delta Force vet, he’s been receiving birthday cards and Christmas cards from Isabelle all these years. But her phone call left him worried, for it wasn’t just her words, but her tone of voice that was off. Something was going on, and Grant is determined to find out.
Now a foster mom to seventeen-year-old Dale Townsend, Isabelle is frightened; Wyatt, Dale’s father, is now out of jail, and he wants his son, even if Dale doesn’t want him. And people that she cares about are dying, and she’s sure they’re not suicides. She’s been to the police, but they don’t believe her. But Grant does, for he’s found something in her research that the police never saw… the ‘suicides’ are happening in the order that they had gone to live with Lavine.
Now the police are taking it seriously. However, will they find the killer in time before Isabelle becomes his next ‘suicide’?
Totally awesome and I can’t wait for more from Shannon K. Butcher!
Isabelle is a strong woman who’s determined to become a great foster mom to children who need her, some with pasts very similar to her own. She’s gotten over that past, and her determination really speaks through to the author. When her cards and letter start coming back from some of her friends and fellow foster brothers and sisters, Isabelle places phone calls and doesn’t like what she hears. She knows they wouldn’t commit suicide, especially her friend and foster-sister Beverly, who had recently married and was the proud mother of a three-week-old baby boy. Isabelle was the one that found her, her body still warm, in the tub, her wrists slit. This was the last straw. Determined to get to the bottom of it and warn everyone else, Isabelle calls the man who’d saved her from Lavine years ago and left a message Grant didn’t like.
Grant, Delta Force vet, decides on his way through to go work for David, to stop at Isabelle’s and find out what’s going on. At first, he believes that she believes the suicides weren’t suicides, but Grant waited until he had more proof. And when that proof is found, the suicides are happening in the same order as they’d been placed in Lavine’s care, Grant really believes something’s going on, and it sure isn’t suicide. He’s determined to help, but knows he can’t stay when all is solved, for the lonely and scared little boy still buried deep believes that he can’t be the man that Isabelle wants, that he doesn’t have it in him to be a good husband and a good father, because of his own past.
Suspenseful, fast-paced and tense, you feel what the characters are feeling. The mind of the psychotic ‘suicide’ killer sends chills up and down your spine. All the steamy love scenes and the climax to the story jumps your pulse into overtime until you’re panting right along with the characters. And the more you yell at the characters that they have the wrong killer, the faster you read to get to the end. Unputdownable, Shannon K. Butcher at her finest. I can’t wait for her next book!