HER ENEMY WILL STOP AT NOTHING FOR CONTROL… SHE WILL RISK EVERYTHING FOR FREEDOM.
A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper’s idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart—and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch’s evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe—and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections, including former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life—and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. All as one question haunts them: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it’s too late?
My Review: I was BEYOND excited to learn that Vicki Hinze had released the 2nd book in the Crossroads Crisis Center Series. Having read the first book, "Forget Me Not" and LOVING it, I had HIGH Hopes for this book as well!
Deadly Ties is a good book ~ full of Mystery, Suspense and a bit of Romance. Lisa Harper was abducted as a 7year old little girl and escaped her abductor. Now all these years later, Lisa has made sure she is trained and ready should that abductor ever return. Return he did and with a vengeance!
Mark Taylor is a Special Operations Officer and has been assigned to protect Lisa and her mother. Yet, Mark has issues of his own and doesn't feel worthy of anyones love. He does all he can to make sure these women are safe and goes above and beyond his call of duty but learns as we all do, that we are only capable of so much. Turning to God and trusting in HIM is not something Mark is sure he can do.
Annie is Lisa's mother and marries a horrible man, Dutch Hauk, out of desperation. Dutch is beyond abusive and is a control freak to say the least. Annie gives up having a day to day relationship with Lisa in order to protect her or so Dutch believes.
For me, Deadly Ties brought about one BIG frustration:
I know as a Mother we all do things to protect our children but in this story Annie appears to be a incredibly intelligent woman who has ALOT of money and clearly all the right people around her who can protect her. She was being protected by Mark from the beginning. So it frustrated me that she lived with the abuse and control of her husband Dutch. In the book it was explained that she held on to the marriage because of her Faith and did not want to "divorce" because it wasn't right. I don't think in any way God or Christianity would suggest staying in such an incredibly abusive situation just for the sake of "not divorcing or being Correct according to the Christian Faith."
Having said this, I still think the book is a good read and would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 ♥'s