A Review Revisited: Expert Witness

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by Paula Rose

This review originally appeared on Books-N-Reviews by Paula Rose on Publishers Marketplace. 

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | Published: September 1, 2015 | Format: Format: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B00TXCFGTG and ISBN: 9780373446957 | Origin: Purchase

Expert Witness 

Cover: Courtesy of Love Inspired Suspense

Thoughts:

In EXPERT WITNESS, author Rachel Dylan starts off with jarring suspense when she puts you on a deadly path where danger is never far away!

Crime and career mix in Sydney Berry’s life, but inside a courtroom, her testimony has been on target until this case. Now, Kevin Diaz is about to make her personal past and present collide with tarnished badges to litter the corridors of justice with deadly encounters.

Sydney must face all she wants to keep hidden. Will her strength implode once the fear comes again?

While US Marshal Max Preston is about to protect his first witness, his years inside the FBI shield him from being considered green. His background is about to meet his new career through a flood of bullets and a deep desire to keep his witness out of reach of the East River gang.

Time isn’t kind to his mission, as this gang seems to know his next move before he even does. Moreover, it doesn’t take long before Max realizes the only person he can trust right now is this witness, but he doesn’t expect to admire her strength.

Sure, she’s had secrets, but they come out quick in this danger. However, what secrets do other law enforcement types have to keep the crime racket one step ahead of him?

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Sydney Berry is a sketch artist testifying in a murder trial, and it’s not just any murder trial. Kevin Diaz has been all over the news as a respected businessman and is not as dirty as some of his relatives, but the witness that Sydney sketches from describes him perfectly. Even Sydney marvels over how much her sketch looks like him. 

This sketch has been the subject of court arguments over its inclusion into evidence and about her testimony giving credibility to the witness. When all is allowed into the case, something else must keep Kevin Diaz out of jail since Sydney has hooked him for sure.

The defense paints a target on her to minimize and discredit Sydney, but someone has this target in the crosshairs and is ready to make her go silent, forever.

Meanwhile, US Marshal Max Preston arrives a little late onto the scene, but he connects the dots showing Sydney Berry is in danger that she can’t see coming. Her resistance to being under guard doesn’t last long once shots ring out in front of the courthouse minutes after she exits. 

His reflexes kick into gear as he pushes her down saving them both.

The meat of her testimony would come the next time she takes the stand, and thugs are going to do what they can to prevent her from opening her mouth. They are willing to take out the witness and anyone around her.

At least, all will be quiet once they get to the safe house. However, not far from the safe house another assassination attempt makes his job almost impossible. Soon, Max realizes the funny thing about our digital age. Information remains only as safe as the people are with access to it, and when someone changes their colors, they don’t exactly announce it.

The next attack comes, and Max’s trust level is nonexistent with his new unit leaving him to reach back into his FBI contacts.

Author Bio:

Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

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