Firewall by DiAnn Mills

Book description:

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

My review:

This one grabs readers’ attention right from the beginning and holds it while Taryn and Hall seek to find the mastermind behind the bombing and save the life of a young girl.  This book is long on the ins and outs of the FBI and how they work together to track down clues to solve crimes.  It is very fast paced.  Taryn presents as a sympathetic character, preyed upon by an unscrupulous man.  Despite the deep betrayal perpetuated upon her, she doesn’t lose her faith. 

Mills does a good job with believable characters and a well-written plot.  I think the plot is very satisfying, with a nice pace to it.  However, it lagged for me just a bit at the end.  It slowed down a tiny bit as everything was wrapped up.  While reading this, I was reminded of the movie The Net starring Sandra Bullock from several years ago.  It seemed similar to a current, modern take on the ideas from that film.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It was a very quick read and Mills threw a couple unexpected surprises into the plot, which is always nice.  I don’t really have anything negative to comment on.  Law enforcement, mystery, and suspense books aren’t my favorite to read, so I was a little surprised that I liked this book as much as I did.  I think a lot of that had to do with the interesting characters that Mills created.

If you love fast-paced, law-enforcement themed books, you will not go wrong with this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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