Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Chase


To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss's pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag? Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase.

My Review:

Liberally laced with gritty realism, The Chase, is definitely an edgy read. Mills has masterfully crafted a suspense that doesn't hold back, but she manages to write the grim side in such a way that she suggests without offending. A very clever accomplishment in a suspenseful read.

Loved the fascinating details of a successful author's life from Kariss's viewpoint. Her willingness to follow her writer's voice instead of the demands of her agent added an extra dimension to the plot.

The Chase is more suspense then romance though, which was a bit of a disappointment. It looks like Mills will continue on with the same characters for the rest of the series so I'll just have to patient, I guess. The ground work has been laid in this novel and it was fun to watch Kariss and Tigo eke out a friendship that will definitely lead to something more as the series progresses.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win The Chase, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 29 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Kav - I'm almost done with this one (so don't enter me). I love DiAnn Mills romantic suspense; to me she's right up there with Amy Wallace. I actually enjoy how she plays the romance angle--it comes off very real to me. I'm glad to know these characters will be seen in the future. :)

    Great review as always, Kav!

  2. This isn't the genre I usually read but this sounds like an exciting book! Please enter me in the drawing!


  3. Brenda -- You're right and Tigo wasn't in a place where he could leap into a relationship with all that was going on in his life. I liked the realism of that, even though the interest was there. I just need to be more patient I guess. :-)

    Liz -- good luck!

  4. The Chase sounds like a great book that I'd enjoy reading. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  5. I would love to win this book, it is def on my wish list. Thank you for the giveaway :)


  6. Excellent choice for a wish list. Good luck, Jen!

  7. I would love to win this book, as it's based on a cold case. Something I suggested on a FB party. Sounds exciting! I love forensics.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  8. Great review and thanks for the giveaway! Suspense novels are not my first pick, but Mills has a unique way of grabbing the reader's attention and this book sounds fantastic :)
    Please enter me and best wishes to the other entrants, blessings!
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  9. thanks for the chance to read this suspenseful novel ;)

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  10. Sounds very interesting. Please enter me. Thanks.
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  11. This sounds like a great book! Please enter me.
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  12. DiAnn Mills writes some of my favorite suspense stories, The Chase sounds gripping. Please add me!
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  13. Ohh I love DiAnn Mills! I can't wait to get my hands on this one-- please enter me! cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

  14. Good luck Merry and Bethany!