Fatal Mistake – Susan Sleeman – White Knights #1 – FaithWords – Published 9 May 2017
Each day could be her last…but not if he can help it.
Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan–to stay alive for another day. She knows he’s coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started.
Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months–to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf’s bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they’ll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal.
I’m always on the lookout for new books within the Christian suspense genre and Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman looked very promising. It didn’t disappoint. Fatal Mistake carries echoes of DiAnn Mills, Irene Hannon and Dani Pettrey’s knack for excellent suspense and authentic crime investigation.
Fatal Mistake has plenty of suspense, fantastic characters – including a team of specialist FBI agents many of whom are ex spec-op – and a deadly killer. Faith is also seamlessly woven into the story and the romance brings welcome relief from the action (though it creates a few heart-pounding moments of its own).
Tara knows her life is in danger when she discovers that her old childhood friend must be the Lone Wolf bomber who has already killed many women. The bricks of explosives and detailed plans left in her aunt’s pump house attest to that. Scared, she rings the FBI hotline but not before Oren returns home to find she has discovered his secret. Now in serious danger, Tara must decide if she will work with the special FBI team who is tasked with the arrest of the Lone Wolf or if she must go out alone to ensure her safety. Cal Riggings knows he needs Tara’s insight into the Lone Wolf if he is to prevent any more killings, but assuring Tara of her safety is hard when her life has already been put in serious danger. And then there is the attraction he feels towards her that risks getting in the way of his focus.
The suspense in Fatal Mistake begins from the very first page and continues throughout the book. There is no shortage of tense situations, races against the clock, deadly mistakes and lives in danger.
The characters are all well-thought out and realistic, both in their strength and their flaws. Tara is running scared but still shows tremendous strength and bravery. Though it seemed a little crazy to leave the protection of the FBI, she does what she thinks is best. Cal is the ultimate hero – physically and mentally strong, clever, and slightly traumatised from his time serving his country. The whole White Knight team is the perfect crime-fighting group and they are hugely impressive. It will be fun to follow them through this series as they bring dangerous criminals to justice, find peace within their lives, and fall in love.
I enjoyed Fatal Mistake and look forward to reading the next book in the series, Kill Shot.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Crime, romance, FBI, terrorism, bombings.
Published: 9 May 2017 by FaithWords
Format: Paperback, ebook. 336 pages.