Rachel Dylan’s latest novel Backlash literally explodes into nonstop action from the very beginning. Danger lurks just around every corner for CIA analyst Layla Karam and her team as well as for those close to her. Everything points to a cartel bent on revenge against the team members who participated in a DEA field operation against them and as a member of that team Layla has become one of their targets. To complicate matters, she learns that she is under an investigation by the CIA and needs to prove her innocence as she and her team work against time to solve the case before someone else dies.

Backlash is another of those keep-you-up-at-night page turners that was so hard to put down. Explosive action paired with multiple twists and turns kept me on edge as I anticipated what might happen next. Characters were well defined and it was fun getting to know them in the midst of such high pressure situations. I loved how Layla and her friends always had each other’s backs and the honest relationships within their group. Struggles related to their faith (or lack of) were transparent and I was encouraged to see a natural progression of spiritual growth. A second chance romance added a nice touch to the narrative.

Backlash is a welcome addition to my keeper shelf. I would highly recommend it to fans of Christian suspense.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author and her publisher. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


With a target on her back, she’s determined to find answers.
But can she escape the deadly backlash?

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel, and after one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover that a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She needs to clear her name with the Agency in order to protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive.

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.

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Rachel Dylan ( is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade, including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. Her Atlanta Justice series has won the Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and the FHL Reader’s Choice Award. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats.