IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL
Informed by the real-life fallout of the U.S. economy plus devastation caused by multiple hurricanes along the southern coast, In the Shadow of Evil casts the modern day story of a building rebound scam exposed. It begins when the body of a property inspector is found among the ashes of a burnt out Homes of Hope house. Wrapped up in this mounting case of unethical practices, supply shortages, and murder, top Louisiana homicide detective Maddox Bishop is losing his heart to a charitable contractor, Layla Taylor, whose own sister is under suspicion. He's also about to discover a deep secret about his tragic past.
In a word -- riveting. I LOVE romantic suspense and I've just found a new-to-me author! The suspense is solid, believable and cleverly plotted out. Caroll plants clues that eventually give the reader a slight edge over Maddox and Layla which totally revs up the angst! I was screaming "Nooooooooo!!!!!" just a few pages before the characters caught up with me. LOL. Of course they didn't listen and that led to a few more tense pages before I could breathe a whooshing sigh of relief...or could I? Carroll adds a surprising twist at the very end of the book which left me reeling.
In the Shadow of Evil is a great example of how a romance can be developed in a suspense novel. From the very beginning Maddox and Layla dance around each other -- both suspicious and reluctant to acknowledge that frisson of awareness that won't go away. The romantic development was as much of a suspense as the mystery! In fact, it enhanced it. Brilliantly written by Caroll.
In short, if you love romantic suspense, In the Shadow of Evil is definitely a book that belongs on your TBR pile -- preferably teetering on the top!
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