(Men of Texas Rangers, #2)
by Margaret Daley
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Average Rating: 4.0
Before I get into my review, here's the summary:
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn't what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana's faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved the first in this series and so naturally I was psyched to hear that Daley had written a sequel. Even though this is a sequel, this novel can stand on its own. This book focuses on new characters and a new plot.
Having said that, I adored this book. Daley has the ability to combine romance and suspense with deeper issues. Her first book she tackled on human trafficking; with this book, she tackled the effects of abuse and the complex issue of immigration and illegal immigration and racism.
I love authors who take on hard topics and still manage to craft a brilliant story. While I would say I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first one in the series, I still really enjoyed this one.
The characters were intriguing. Cody and Liliana switched off perspectives as the story unfolded and I loved watching them interact as they tried to solve the murders.
I also love how Daley focuses on an older generation as well as characters who are in their teens. Readers are also able to gain insight into teenager Kyle's mind who is ticked at his dad Cody for making them move and is on his way to being racist. I loved watching him grow and develop.
The Christian element was never forced in this novel and I loved that. I also loved watching all the characters progress as the novel developed.
I have read so much suspense that I'm beginning to be able to guess the murderer. I managed to do that with this novel, but that is my only complaint about this novel. All in all it was a great read.
In Summary: This is the second book I've read by Daley and I can assure you it won't be the last. With the ability to combine intriguing characters with a compelling plot that delves into some deeper issues in life, Daley is definitely an author I'll be keeping my eye on.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book was very clean. It does deal with abuse but in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to any reader.
The Wrap-up: Daley writes beautiful, profound, and insightful books that I really enjoy reading.