Author: Lisa Harris
Series: Nikki Boyd Files #2
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Nikki Boyd is back and tackling a tough case that hits closer to home than she could have ever imagined.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Baker Publishing Group for an honest and fair review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own
Nikki Boyd is working hard on solving missing person cases, so when she gets a call to work a homicide, she knows there has to be more to the case than meets the eye. She and her partner Jack investigate two missing homeowners, Mac and Lucy Hudson by following the trail of bodies. The bodies lead them to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant. Nikki has to figure out how Tyler is involved and what it all means while continuing to track down the missing family. The trail leads them deeper into murder combined with the world of counterfeit drugs and those responsible who will stop at nothing to keep their business going and their secrets buried.
Lisa Harris is finding her way into my favorite reads. She has a way of telling the story in a nice clean way all while keeping the suspense till the end. While her books might not be the most edge of your seat page-turners, they are definitely good reads. With this being the second installment in the Nikki Boyd files, I was anxious to see where this case would lead. I enjoyed the fact that the romance aspect didn’t overshadow the suspense part of the story. The story starts off with a bang and kept the pace going throughout. I didn’t have a hard time finishing this in only a few days. If I had to bet, I would say Harris enjoys shows such as NCIS or Criminal Minds and modeled a few characters from some on the show. (I could see some of Abby or Garcia, the tech gurus in the character of Gwen, but that could just be me.)
The only portion I thought could have been written better was towards the end. I don’t want to give too much away but there was a very intense scene toward the very end of the book that I felt could have played out a little longer and better, instead it just petered out and the suspense fizzled. It all tied up too easily to be believable for me. It was a tense situation and I was at an edge-of-my-seat moment and then it felt like the chair was pulled out from under me and the action was gone. Overall it was still an enjoyable read! I would have preferred a little better ending but still foresee myself diving into the next in the series eagerly.