Vendetta by Lisa Harris

VendettaNo one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.

I liked this book, but it didn’t grab me as other suspense/mystery books do. I think part of that was because this book only had one point-of-view character, Nikki. I get more into books when I can get the point of view of multiple characters and when I can get a glimpse into the antagonist’s head/life. For me, it adds to the suspense because I know things the protagonist doesn’t, whether I get to know the antagonist’s identity before the protagonist or not.

One thing that frustrated me in the book was Nikki and Tyler’s relationship. It was obvious to me that they were more than friends with how they acted towards each other, but there was no mention of even the possibility of them being more than friends until about half way through. On her site, Lisa Harris has the book included in the contemporary romance genre. The book had a hint of romance in it, but not enough for me to consider it a contemporary romance novel.

The ending was somewhat open-ended, which can kind of be expected when it’s the first book in a series where the main character is the main character throughout the whole series. Some things are wrapped up, but a few others, specifically relating to Nikki, are left open to continue in the next book.

This book was okay as a suspense/mystery novel, but I had enough issues with the book that I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the series.


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