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Book Review: Striking Blind by Lonna Enox

Sorrel Janes wanted to vanish, and for a while, she did just that. As a former television crime reporter in Houston, Sorrel was surrounded by danger, and when her husband was murdered by a drug cartel, she fled her life of minor stardom, changed her name, and moved to the usually quiet town of Saddle Gap, New Mexico. After opening a small shop selling consigned crafts and beginning a career as a nature photographer, Sorrel thinks she finally has what she wants most, especially considering she’s caught the eye of handsome sheriff’s deputy Chris Reed, but when her photograph–one from her days as a reporter–surfaces on a body found murdered “cartel-style,” she is suddenly thrust back into her old life. Soon the violence spreads into her own life again after she receives a mysterious package, and though she fears for her fragile new existence, her curiosity won’t let her rest until she knows the truth about her connection to the victim, but this adventure may be more than she can handle.

Striking Blind has a depth of characters not often found in a mystery. Even characters not featured in the main storyline have significant development. From Teri, Sorrel’s pregnant best friend and star employee, to the murder victim in the prologue, characters have extensive backstories, creating round, believable personas that enhance the featured mystery.  As Chris Reed points out, Sorrel, like her equine namesake, is stubborn and feisty–the trademark of a great protagonist and detective. Her extensive history given in the previous two novels won’t be overwhelming if this is the reader’s first experience with the series. With the descriptions of Sorrel’s everyday-life, like her inability to cook and her cantankerous cats, the reader feels a real connection to Sorrel. Persistence and curiosity make her a believable former reporter and a victim unwilling to stand still while someone threatens her and her new life.

Lovers of romance and paranormal won’t be disappointed either. The flirty banter and interaction with hunky cop Chris Reed makes for a pleasant distraction in the action, and with the promise of more romance to come, readers will want to continue this series. To add supernatural flavor, Sorrel is commanded by a dream entity to help the “weeping child,” and though she never fully finds the answer to this midnight task, it haunts her until the end.

From the gruesome death in a mysterious cave till the very end when, in an unexpected twist, the killer is revealed as someone closer than any of the characters imagined, this “edge of your seat” mystery will keep the reader guessing.

This review was written for Chanticleer Reviews.

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