Hidden Peril – Irene Hannon – Code of Honor #2 – Revell – Published 2 October 2018
As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she’s fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.
Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue–and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?
Irene Hannon has created another thriller with Hidden Peril. Captivating characters, intense romance and a race against the clock to stop a terrorist plot, Hidden Peril has everything to keep you glued to the pages.
Finding her shop assistant dead behind the counter of her fair trade shop was a terrible shock to owner Kristin Dane. She opened the shop to make a positive impact on the world and is heartbroken by the loss and eager to help the police with their inquiries. Detective Luke Carter can find few leads in the murder investigation, until further deaths are linked back to the same shop. When the FBI become involved, Luke and Kristin find themselves in the middle of an investigation that could have serious implications – both at home and around the world.
Hidden Peril is the second book in the Code of Honor series. Like the first book in the series there are snippets of action and an underlying tension throughout the entire book but the majority of the story is based around solid detective work. As with the first book, I love the measured pace and the authentic feeling that this brings to the story. Luke, later along with the FBI, methodically work the case, and while some parts of the investigation take time, there is still plenty of action, especially at the end. I also have to note that I loved Kristin’s role in the investigation, her determination and continued strength. Kristin faces many challenges in Hidden Peril, including grief and becoming entangled in a terrorist’s plot. She also faces more personal challenges in the form of a family crisis. Even when distraught or exhausted, Kristin demonstrates continued compassion and strength; she is a wonderful character and someone I really enjoyed getting to know while reading Hidden Peril.
There is a lot of romantic tension in the story. Luke and Kristin have a wonderful chemistry and an underlying passion that they try to keep dormant as Luke works the case. Luke isn’t sure he ever wants to become romantically involved with anyone again, thinks it might break the vows he made to his late wife. Yet Kristin seems to slip past his defences. They share a lot of playful banter as they work personal conversations into their discussions about the case.
I love the author’s attention to detail – both in the aspects of the case and in the overall writing style. It’s not hard to imagine oneself right next to the characters, as you enjoy the vivid descriptions and lush prose.
Intrigue and romance combine in Hidden Peril to create an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Code of Honor series. I eagerly await the third book in the series by the talented author.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Romance, detective, terrorism, murder, mystery, family, fair trade, small businesses, friendship, FBI.
Published: 2 October 2018 by Revell.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 416 pages.