Always Look Twice
Author: Elizabeth Goddard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear–and loses the camera.
Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.
In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear.
The more books I have come to read by this author, the more I am convinced that Elizabeth Goddard is a master at suspense. She has a way of weaving emotion and suspense expertly together, and of making you come to suspect even the most seemingly trustworthy people. She doesn’t reveal the murderer until the very last minute.
That being said, here’s what I loved about this story:
The characters. I was instantly drawn into the world of Jackson Hole along with Harper and Heath. There were many emotions and backstories that were painful, which is something I generally roll my eyes at in suspense, but Goddard expertly delivered the emotion in a way that wasn’t typical or cliche. She also wrote in a way that made me feel with the characters. I could feel Heath’s pain and Harper’s fears and I felt as though I was them.
The suspense. As I said before, Goddard can deliver some amazing, edge-of-your-seat suspense! She has this way writing that makes you suspect every single person in the story, even though you know that isn’t possible. And honestly, throughout the story, I did have a few suspects, but in the end I was completely surprised at the “big reveal,” which always makes the story better.
The setting. I’m not always a big fan of the small-town settings, but I did enjoy this one greatly and how it gave so much character to the story. The people in Jackson Hole are unique and added so much color to the story, it’s hard to not like them!
Lastly, the faith and emotion. I loved, loved, loved how relatable both Harper and Heath were, but I also loved seeing them go on their faith journeys. They both had some things to overcome, but they couldn’t do it without God, so it was wonderful to see that aspect of the story along with the wonderful suspense.
Goddard has written yet another wonderful masterpiece of a novel and I truly cannot wait until her next book releases! I think that if you enjoy suspense or romantic suspense, you should definitely give this one a try!
**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher but was in no way required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.**
Soli Deo Gloria,