by Vicki Hinze
From the book: A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper's idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart - and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch's evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe - and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections, including former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life - and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. All as one question haunts them: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it's too late?
From me: I really enjoyed Deadly Ties. There were certainly a lot of "ties" and they were all wrapped up in each other. When I first started the book, I was a little lost; there was a lot of information offered and a couple large jumps in time. I would suggest reading the back of the book first because it offers history that the actual book does not. And it's needed, in my option. Than carefully and slowly read the first two chapters because without that information firmly planted, you'll be lost once you hit the third chapter.
Also, this is the second book in the Crossroads Crisis Center Series (The first is Forget Me Not). It seemed that Deadly Ties was a stand alone novel, but I could be wrong and may have needed to read the first book before this one to get some much needed history on the characters.
Either way, it was a great story and kept me hooked which makes it a win in my book! :)
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for offering me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!