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November 19, 2015

Deadlock {DiAnn Mills}

Deadlock {DiAnn Mills}
Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My Thoughts:
This book started pretty slow for me. I had a hard time keeping up with the characters and trying to keep straight exactly what was going on. But once it got going, it was impossible to put it down. This is one intense story.

Bethany is the newest member of the FBI violent crimes division. She is partnered with Thatcher Graves. Thatcher is unaware exactly who Bethany is, but Bethany is well aware in their history and how it could strain their partnership. Bethany has a horrible background with her family, and basically has no one in her life. She relies on her faith in God, but at times questions if God is really someone who would let all the violence that she sees continue to happen. She is down-to-earth, and intends to work her cases by the book – no emotions involved. Although she has moments of question about God and His intentions, she found herself relying on her faith as tragedy came to her life.

Thatcher has a reputation of the typical bachelor in the FBI, but he has a secret he has yet to share with anyone – he has recently accepted God into his heart and he’s learning the ropes of the Christian life. As soon as he figures out who Bethany has ties to he is concerned about their ability to work together. He gets so frustrated with Bethany’s investigation tactics, but he soon realizes that his heart has a mind of its own and he is in trouble. Thatcher comes from a home where religion is considered a bad thing and anyone willing to believe in God must be crazy. But my favorite part of this story is when he tells his mom that he has accepted God and that his life is on track.

Thatcher and Bethany quickly form a relationship that walks a very fine line between FBI partners and something more than friendly. Watching the two of them get to know each other and learn to rely on each other made for a great side story to this very intense story line. As they work to track down a serial killer, their instincts quickly take over and we see them protecting each other to the very end.

I enjoyed this book so much. Although it is the third in a series, it is easily a stand-alone (I haven’t read the first two), and worth a place on your reading list.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at 

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