When you read the prologue of a book and are immediately intrigued, you can bet that it’s going to be a great story. This is what I’ve come to expect from each Robin Caroll book I’ve picked up and her latest book, In The Shadow Of Evil did not disappoint me.
Robin Caroll is a master at combining suspense and romance into a substantial plot and taking her readers on a ride that leaves them breathless. If you enjoy settling in with a good “who done it?” murder mystery, this one is for you! Just don’t start it at bedtime because you run the risk of staying up way too late to finish it.
Layla Taylor is a feisty woman who has worked hard to make her place in a man’s world. Having recently won Contractor of the Year, Layla is on cloud nine as she receives news that she is up for the national award. Thrilled over finally receiving the recognition she’s worked so hard for, the victory is short lived when her Hopes for Homes charity house is burned to the ground. To make matters worse, a dead body is found inside.
Maddox Bishop is a troubled homicide detective trying to work his way up in the ranks and is immediately attracted to Layla when he’s called out to investigate the arson related to her charity house. Layla and Maddox both have trust issues and find it hard to bond even though they are both attracted to each other. Their hurts from the past make them leery of commitment. As they are dealing with their pasts and trying to move on in life, they have to decide if their futures include one another.
Trust, forgiveness and reliance on God are the central themes of this book. I appreciated Robin’s incorporation of “The Roman Road” in the story and how she used it in a way that was completely relevant to the character and the story. Maddox Bishop is man who has been soul searching for years and in this book he’s presented with opportunity to make a decision to follow Christ.
Thank you to Julie Gwinn of B & H Publishing for providing me with a free Advanced Reader Copy of this book for review.