Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.
Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance to Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he's afraid Riley's appearance on the island may lead his family's mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father. Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are thrown together in a dangerous connection, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
A Familiar Fear is about an Ex-FBI agent, who left the agency to salvage what is left of her and her son's lives after so much was sacrificed in performing her duties there. Now, not yet forty, she is a widow and feels estrange from her only child - a son. Both her and her son need time together to heal from the tragedies of the past two years.
While going to Agate Island, where she will begin her new job, she spotted the man of her nightmares on the ferry. She must be hallucinating! She know he is dead!
Her very angry son makes a new friend - the only friend he now has - on the ferry trip to his new home. When meeting the girl's father, she "freaks out" and refuses for him to further pursue his friendship with her. The son rebels.
With the ensuing problems, Riley Scott (ex-FBI) and Matthew Taggart (girl's dad) discovers, among those they thought they could trust, there was at least one "mole". They must put aside their own issues toward each other to seek safety for their children. They must then learn to trust each other if the were to ever again to enjoy a life with their son and daughter.
There were many adventures and unexpected "twists" in a race against time to save those most precious to them. The reader will be anxiously turning pages until the very end of the book.
The characters are defined so well, the reader feels he/she is in the story with the other characters. The events feel so real, the whole novel feels like reality for that shot span of time!
The book cover is creative but very simple. It would not attract the "browser's" attention. The Title fits the story content very well.
The only real negative I have about the book is parts of it felt slightly repetitive. There are some graphically violent scenes.
This earns a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
This book was really a roller coaster. It had me sucked in from the first pages, feeling Riley's fear as she thought she saw the man who murdered her husband and she had killed. And it kept building from there. The ride had many ups and downs until a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. I'm sure there was some foreshadowing that I missed, and I will have to go back through the book again to see what I missed. I'm not sure how I felt about the twist. I can't decide if it was brilliant or disappointing. I'm sure the next time through I will have it figured out. It is a book I would recommend to almost anyone, especially those who love a great suspense novel.
Okay, I have to just admit. I read this book in one afternoon. The plot of this one grabbed me and I really didn't want to put it down until I'd finished and found out the ending.
Riley is such a great character. I love her tenacity. She goes after what she knows will protect her family and she doesn't stop until she's taken care of the problem. That gets her into all sorts of bad situations. Most of them, you actually just see as flashbacks in this book. I'm kind of amazed at all she was able to do with her health issues she has. I loved the way she was such a great mom to Jeremiah, even though he thought she was ruining his whole life. She's one of my favorite characters I've read about recently.
Then there's Matthew. I loved that you see the story through his eyes as well. It really gives a full picture of everything going on. Matthew is a single dad, trying to do his best to be both parents to his daughter, Aleksa. I loved the strength of his character, he had to do hard things when his life and Aleksa's were on the line.
The plot of this one is crazy! There's always something crazy going on. Always someone trying to kill the main characters. It really hooks you and pulls you in.
And it doesn't hurt anything that the plot starts out in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The San Juan Islands are somewhere we went on our vacation last summer, so I had no problem picturing their beauty and imagining being there again.
I loved everything about this book! You should check it out!
This kind of suspense book is perfect for me. I'm a lightweight when it comes to suspense- I just can't read things that get me too worked up or scared. Kathi Oram Peterson writes suspense I can handle. I wouldn't say this was my favorite of her books but it was good- gripping me from the first moments and keeping a steady pace of action and suspense all the way to the end.
I thought the author did a great job of weaving together the past back story with the present. It flowed well. The kids were a great addition to the story line and helped the main character, Riley, feel more human.
Content: some violence, kissing, some talk of God and praying but nothing religion specific or preachy.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.