Former Marine sniper Nicolette Rivers moved to sleepy Eider, Iowa to hide from her family and a muddy past, but she is called back into duty when the Sheriff uses her to take down an armed resident ranting religious nonsense while holding his family captive. Nic has no choice but to shoot to kill, and his death triggers memories of her tours overseas and the man she lost.
Despite her PTSD, Nic wants to help Detective Con O’Hanlon from the Eider PD help investigate the death of a man whose suicide note has the ringings of the same religious jargon spouted by the guy Nic’s was compelled to take out. Working with Con will force Nic into trusting another person, one that she finds attractive. Everything from the past and present may come to a head in order to capture a killer, but Nic isn’t one to go down without a fight, even with death knocking at the door.
Typically the role of a man in most romance suspense featuring military veterans, a lead character who is a female offers a refreshing take and paints a picture of a strong, fearless woman with a sympathetic plight.
With the mild romantic moments of Catherine Coulter’s FBI thrillers and the religious angle as a motive for murder reminiscent of Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans series, readers will find much to entertain in Winter’s (Degrees of Darkness series) series opener.