REVIEW of Code of Valor (Blue Justice #3) by Lynette Eason

Code of ValorDetective Brady St. John loves to spend time on and in the water, but his vacation at a lakehouse comes to an abrupt end when he sees a woman on a nearby boat about to be shot. Fast forward three weeks, and Brady has saved Emily Chastain’s life three times, putting her in witness protection as he works to understand just who it is that wants this financial investigator dead.

A few weeks ago, Emily discovered some shady account activity in the course of her work at a bank. Assisted by her journalist friend, Emily attempted to do some sleuthing on her own and is now destined to pay the price. What she doesn’t expect is to be swept off her feet by Brady St. John and accepted into the heart of his law enforcement family. When the killer involves Emily’s family in his threats, will Emily have the strength to trust Brady and trust God?

This book was a far cry from the genres I usually read, although I will happily watch a police thriller on Netflix (as long as it’s not too gruesome). I’ve never read a Christian police thriller (which shies away from explicitly showing any foul language or sexual situations), and found myself really enjoying it. The action scenes were gripping and believable and I rushed through the book in one sitting.

As in many thrillers, the characters were probably weaker than the pacing of the book. The author spent a lot of time building up Emily’s vulnerabilities and much less time building up her competence as a financial investigator. There were three (four?) separate villains with interwoven and conflicting goals (all of whom enjoyed monologuing?), and I struggled at times to understand what was going on in “villain world.”

This is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I sensed that there were some backstories with Brady’s siblings that can probably be found in the previous two installments.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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