THE STORY | Work is what’s most important to Taylor Mills. As a WITSEC deputy, she takes the protection of each of her protectee’s seriously. So much so she refuses to allow herself any time to develop a relationship, save for one…
This is why when a mysterious hacker known only as “Phantom” threatens to unveil the location of any number of WITSEC witnesses, Taylor must set aside her reservations and ensure that the woman who plans to help in bringing him down remains safe; even if this means working with Sean Nichols, the man with whom Taylor has a deep friendship. The catch is, it’s been “safe” as they haven’t met in person.
An FBI agent, Sean’s RED team becomes involved with Taylor’s witness, which sends him straight to Taylor’s offices, where he discovers he has more than just a witness to protect…
THE REVIEW | Penned by award-winning author Susan Sleeman, this is the first novel she’s written with Bethany House. Though I’ve seen many of her works with Love Inspired over the years (and could have even read one years ago), this is really the first novel I am able to remember from her.
Seconds to Live sets the precedence for future installments in this series, and how each will play out. We meet a host of characters; most of whom I suspect will earn their own leading story in one of those future novels. For this one, the focus (without more than two POVs) is on Taylor and Sean, which I appreciate. Each time I read a novel that gives us the stories of the people the back cover copy reads about, I’m reminded how much it’s that format I like best.
This one keeps things simple with the POV switch-off, but the characters are complex with interesting emotional backstory’s. The pace also keeps things clicking, and the concept of the series makes for an exciting new experience to read. Especially if you like ensemble television shows like CBS’ FBI and NCIS or the oldie but goodie In Plain Sight from USA Network.
If you’re a fan of thrillers (that don’t wander into fright territory), Seconds to Live is a great way to find a few fictional reader thrills.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2019
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you, Bethany House
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Thriller, Romantic Suspense
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Sincere thanks to Bethany House for provided a complementary copy of this novel for review consideration; all opinions are my own.