By Vicki Hinze
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book: (From back cover)
A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper’s idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart—and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch’s evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe—and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections, including former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life—and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. All as one question haunts them: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it’s too late?
Mark and Lisa both have grown up with bad experiences in their past. Lisa’s mother is still with the man who is both an abuser and sadist. Annie feels that she has no other choice but to stay with him. Ms. Hinze portrays an excellent picture of the cycle of abuse and helplessness that is shown to the victims. Mark dealing with his own past, loves Lisa, but from far away as he is scared to hurt her as well. But when Dutch steps into her life once again, determines to make her life as short as possible, can they put their pasts behind them and trust God to help them through it. I enjoyed this book, as I felt like it did not disregard the past, but also gave them hope that they would not have to live with the past forever. Excellent suspense!