Accused by Janice Cantore is her first book of three in the Pacific Coast Justice series and it was not just good, not just great, but absolutely superb. I was hooked in the first chapter and was captivated by the characters, plot, suspense, twists and turns. I was always trying to figure out the "good" guys from the bad guys and then second guessing myself. The author is a retired police officer which makes the storyline flow with such vivid descriptions and authenticity.
Carly Edwards is sitting behind a desk in Juvenile division because of a prior officer-involved shooting six months ago. She had been a patrol officer with a partner before the shooting. The mayor's wife is murdered and two juveniles are arrested driving her car with her body in the trunk. Homicide thinks it is an open and shut case but as the murder investigation continues Carly believes there is a cover-up and against the superiors advice, she goes out on her own to find the murderer. Every time she thinks she has a lead, there is another murder with someone she has talked to. Who can she trust and who is out to kill her? That is just one interesting part of the story, the other is her ex-husband Nick that she divorced a year before because of infidelity. She does not believe in God after her dad's death and then Nick's betrayal. So much of this book deals with her being mad at God, not wanting to know God, wondering about God and then finally understanding Christ's sacrifice she finally believes in God. This part of the book was my favorite because anyone who is searching, this book has the salvation message throughout the book and the author does a masterful job of scripture and showing how Christ can change hearts and people.
I cannot wait till her second book comes out this summer. I think Tyndale was very smart in picking her to be one of their new authors. I appreciate Tyndale giving me this copy free to review just for my honest opinion of the book.