Irene Hannon has always been one of my favorite authors for romantic suspense with a heavy emphasis on suspense. I can usually count on staying up way past bed time turning the pages because I just can’t wait until morning to learn what happens. “Trapped” was one of those books. Actually it was probably one of her most suspenseful yet in my opinion.

A runaway teen, her frantic older sister, a handsome and compassionate private investigator, and a psychotic young man in search of redemption combine to make “Trapped”  an edge-of-the-chair reading experience. Several points of view did not detract from the story but helped me to understand the characters more fully – even the villain. The characters are well defined and the author’s vivid descriptions drew me into the story so completely that I could almost imagine the snow and frigid temperatures despite the actual summer heat in my location. Although the romance took a back seat to the suspense it added an extra layer of spice to the story. A strong thread of faith was woven throughout but was a natural element of the story.

“Trapped” is an excellent example of why Irene Hannon has been called “the queen of romantic suspense”. I look forward to the next book in her Private Justice series.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

A runaway teen, a desperate sister, and an intrepid PI determined to discover the truth.

Trapped When Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways–just forty-eight hours can mean the difference between recovery and ruin.

But the deeper he and Laura dig, the more Dev begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And in the icy winter weather, the trail is going cold . . .

In her latest thrilling read, queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon outdoes herself with a fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.
“Irene Hannon has written a tale of suspense that has all of the elements needed to become a bestseller. It comes as no surprise that she’s a two-time RITA Award winner, and that she has garnered a host of other awards. With more than 35 novels to her credit, she knows how to develop characters and stories that readers love to embrace. . . . With just the right amount of suspense, danger and deception, Trapped is engaging and satisfying. The prose is crisp and to the point, creating the scene effortlessly . . . . A worthwhile read.”–New York Journal of Books

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Irene HannonIrene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

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