Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it’s personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.
Detective Jack O’Reilly isn’t ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He’s on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he’s assigned as Brinna’s partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner.
Skeptical of Jack’s motives, Brinna isn’t sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.
This was a thrilling and heartwarming read. Janice Cantore's writing style is so captivating that I felt like I was living the story with her characters. It truly was a real page-turner! I can't wait to start the second book in the series, Visible Threat.
â€œDonâ€™t worry about me; I can take care of myself. My worry is always those who canâ€™t. I need to protect kids from those maniacs. Thatâ€™s why I do what I do, my friend. I want to feel useful, like I can help, you know?â€ Brinna explains in Janice Cantoreâ€™s novel, Critical Pursuit.
This three hundred and sixty-three page paperback book is written by a retired police officer who knows about abuse, tragedy and death working in law enforcement. With no profanity but some graphic descriptions of child kidnapping, abuse and murder, it is targeted toward mature adults. With discussions of Christianity, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
When Long Beach, California police officer Brinna Caruso was six years old, she became an abducted child. By Godâ€™s grace and protection, she was found and vowed to protect other children from predators when she joined the police force.
As a K-9 police officer, her four year old Labrador, â€œHero,â€ has been her partner helping her track down missing children. Knowing that seventy-four percent of abducted children are dead within three hours, she is forced to relive her past over and over with every missing young victim.
When she is involved in a police altercation, she is separated from her beloved canine and put back on street patrol in the interim. There she is partnered with another officer, Jack Oâ€™Reilly, who is possibly teetering on a mental breakdown dealing with his own anger and grief of losing his wife to a drunk driver.
While both struggle with their pasts and refusal to believe God is in control of their paths in life, they race to track down the kidnapper of another young child with the same pattern as Brinnaâ€™s ordeal twenty years ago.
Wanting to maintain the Kevlar heart she has protected within herself all these years, Brinna refuses to listen to those around her when it comes to looking to God for the answers as she and Jack hunt down the perpetrator.
Although expected, this fast moving, suspenseful fiction keeps the reader on alert as the cops hone in on a possible killer through the streets of Long Beach to the San Bernardino Mountains, leaving plenty of options for future romance, action and intrigue.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.
This is the first book I've read that was a police procedural type, and I LOVED it. Several things I questioned, a couple things I was confused about. Main snag was following along, but that was because I was reading so fast that I lost myself in the sequence of events and had to re-read the sentence a few times.
Suspenseful and action-packed. Very realistic and the situations were believable. Cantore having a background in law enforcement makes the story very exciting, and helps the events to come along quite nicely. Very detailed situations, emotions and events makes the reader feel close to the main characters.
Having subtle, godly undertones, walking through the journey of unbelief with the character helps with one's own journey of faith. Very encouraging and humble hints at God, heaven, faith, hope, forgiveness and love.
I cannot wait till I get the next one!
Wow! Janice Cantore did it again! This was a wonderful read! I felt like I was part of Brinna's life in this book. Brinna is a cop who has an obsession with finding abducted children. This obsession came from her being abducted as a child. We go through her life with her as a cop and trying to understand how God has a part in her life. I would recommend this book to everyone especially those who like inspirational suspense
Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore is a captivating, yet disturbing book. It is a thriller where you follow a haunted cop, an obsessed cop, and a pedophile. It is well-written, but the choice in a villain was in poor tastes. I felt slimy after reading from his perspective. Characters start the book by having given up on God, but by the end they are more open toward God. Some conflict stays unresolved at the end.