Friday, October 16, 2015

review || THE KILL BOX { blog tour } by Nichole Christoff

Alibi | October 20, 2015 | Thriller/Mystery
Jamie Sinclair, book 3


In an intense thriller that’s perfect for fans of Lee Child or Lisa Gardner, security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair tackles a cold case that could cost her the one person who means the most to her.

Hardworking Jamie Sinclair can’t wait for the weekend. She plans to be off the clock and on the road to wine country with handsome military police officer Adam Barrett. But when a strung-out soldier takes an innocent woman hostage and forces his way into Jamie’s bedroom, everything changes. Jamie’s never seen the soldier before. But he’s no stranger to Barrett—and with one word he persuades Barrett to pack a duffel and leave Jamie in the lurch.

Jamie cannot fathom why Barrett would abandon her without explanation. But as the consequences of an unsolved crime threaten to catch up with him, a late-night phone call sends Jamie racing to Barrett’s hometown in upstate New York. In a tinderbox of shattered trust and long-buried secrets, Jamie must fight to uncover the truth about what really occurred one terrible night twenty years ago. And the secrets she discovers deep in Barrett’s past not only threaten their future together—they just might get her killed.

{ about nichole christoff } .

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. 

In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a Helen McCloy Scholarship from Mystery Writers of America. Her last manuscript was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Her latest novel, The Kill Shot, is a 2014 Killer Nashville Claymore Dagger finalist.

{ review } .

This third book was a solid addition to Ms. Christoff's JAMIE SINCLAIR series. Like with the previous books, the suspense is well written and the romance? Those were the parts that had me aching for more. Barrett, himself, still had me wanting more, and learning of his past and how it will affect his and Jamie's potential future was edge-of-your-seat-worthy. Both of these have a lot to prove to one another, and with the way their courtship has gone, many questions arise. I loved watching both of these tough-as-nails, take no prisoners, characters show their vulnerability throughout the pages. The romance reader in me held on to these moments the most, because with the length of this series and the hardships Barrett and Jamie have (and are) going through, make the idea of a long-lasting relationship between these two seem solid and real -- and I hope to goodness we get to see more of it! (...which, at the moment, doesn't look like will happen. There's no word of more! But I think there's certainly room...).

"Jamie, I love you. I think I've loved you from the day I was born..."

Back to the suspense end of it all... The suspense and mystery certainly pull you along, having the reader question "who dun it" and make guesses throughout. I was definitely surprised a few times.

{ previous reviews in series } .

THE KILL SHOT 4.5 { review }

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