I had previously read a novel by Janice Cantore and was looking forward to her new book Crisis Shot.
The story starts out with Long Beach Police Commander, Tess O’Rourke answering an emergency call where a fellow officer is imminent danger. How Tess responds, right or wrong, will affect her future. The story could be taken out today’s headline news, where every action a police officer takes is scrutinized and condemned, even when there is little merit to critic’s narrative.
When the fallout from Tess’ action doesn’t seem to be winding down, she decides to make a move to a small town in Oregon, with the hope of being able to resume the career she loves in law enforcement. It a huge change in her life. As Chief of Police in the small town of Rogue’s Hallow, she will be answering to the mayor and city council. It might be a small town but even there, evil is at work.
I sort of liked the main character Tess, but didn’t feel like I got to know her well or really care about her like I wanted to. There was a bit of a disconnect. At first, I struggled with how Tess continually compared police work and what people were like in the small town compared where she had spent most of her life, in Long Beach, CA. Then I realized if I had made such a drastic change in my life, I would likely be reflecting back on where I came from and what it was like back then. The reader will get an understanding of how police work in a big city differs from a small town. I liked how the relationships with fellow police officers changed as they worked with their new Police Chief.
The overall pace of the novel seemed to drag. Tess encountered many obstacles and people seemed to be tight lipped and withheld important information. I didn’t guess who the bad guy was, there weren’t a lot of clues along the way, just lots of suspicious behavior on the part of several towns people. I didn’t really connect with the characters. I didn’t come away from reading the book saying, “I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess next.” Something was missing, but I’m not sure what it was.
The Christian faith is a small part of the story. Tess is not a believer, but there are several Christians she encounters along the way. If there is a sequel I hope that Christian faith is a bigger part of the story.
Crisis Shot is okay. I would definitely read Janice Cantore’s future books because of my good experience with her earlier novels. If you like mysteries and police novels, give Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore a try and be sure to read some of her earlier books.
I would like to thank Tyndale House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Janice Cantore’s newest book Crisis Shot. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.