Every plot twist in DiAnn Mills' newest book, Deadly Encounter, was unexpected. That made this first book in her new FBI Task Force series especially fun to read.
In this book, Stacy Broussard, a veterinarian, hopeful foster mom, and airport ranger volunteer, heads out on a simple horseback ride around the perimeter of Houston's airport only to find a dead body, an injured dog, and a military drone. Simple becomes complicated, then escalates throughout the book.
Helping Stacy navigate through danger are FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc, who is called in the investigate Stacy's find as evidence of possible terrorist activity, and her genius foster-son-to-be, 12-year-old Whitt McMann. All three of these characters have heartbreaking histories to overcome as they move forward, solving the case together, hanging on to hope for a much better future.
I was especially fascinated by Mills' observations about a variety of psychological and emotional issues that can result from trauma and the hope she wove into her story that such deep hurts can heal with God's help, patience, forgiveness, right choices, good communication, and love. Deadly Encounter is intense and insightful; I recommend this book.
Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.