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Posted January 15, 2015
The opening lines in the first chapter captured and held my attention so that it was difficult to put down and get other things done! A young mother, a cop next door, hurts from the past that haven't healed, a killer on the loose, and lots of tension and suspense. I was hooked!
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Posted February 27, 2015
Posted October 30, 2012
This book is well written. However like a lot of suspense novels and movies when the characters do something that is so not realistic I find it to difficult to carry on. But I decided to read the entire book. Like I said very well written. I appreciate the lack of offensive language. So I will keep this author. But when the killer successfully breaks into the home and tells her she is now a messenger did not make sense to me. So I have issues with the plot. Also typical of these kinds of suspense if a person is being stalked they take protective realistic measures. There are too many alarm systems that could have been installed that would have alerted anyone that an intruder was somewhere close. Driveway alarms, portable alarms. Etc. They are easy to come by. So let's keep the stories real. And who runs off by themselves when they know that a very ingenious stalkers seems to know their whereabouts at all times. The ending was too abrupt and too typical of endings. But a very well written book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2012
When searching for a suspect, sometimes the closer to home you look is the best plan. Madison Jacobs, a widowed mother of a son lives in a sleepy little Virginia town where everyone trusts everyone else. When a new neighbor moves in next door, she takes the proverbial casserole along with her welcome to him. He seems aloof and not interested in small talk. That’s a big enough hint for Madison. Unknown to Madison, her neighbor Brody Phillips has left New York City and is now a sheriff’s deputy in town. Their boy-meets-girl first encounter grows into something meaningful between Madison and Brody. When an attempt is made on Madison’s life, Brody thwarts it. Christy Barritt leaves clues along the way as did Hansel and Gretel, but the reader probably won’t know for sure till the last few pages who the predator is and why. Barritt is a master of suspense.
Posted April 2, 2012
The tick, tick, tick is the only thing amiss in Madison Jacobs’ home before a masked intruder lunges out of the shower and attacks.
Her screams bring Brody Phillips, her next-door neighbor and a sheriff’s department detective, but the tick is marking the last moments of Madison’s life before he breaks down the door to her home and saves her. Her assailant has vanished.
Madison is a young widow with a son and Brody can’t seem to find a reason why someone would want to kill her. But then he wonders if two murders in the small town recently are connected to the attack on his neighbor. Is there a serial killer on the loose?
Believe it when you see Race Against Time is a Love Inspired Suspense. Christy Barritt knows how to keep readers on edge. Madison continues to be pursued by the man who expects one day to finish what he expected to do with her the first time.
Brody, recently transplanted from New York, not only is alert for possible murder suspects, but also for women who would like to put a collar on his neck and lead him to the marriage altar. Yet his protective instincts make him throw himself into the case and keep an eye on this beautiful young mother. After all, she’s his neighbor.
A former editor, Christy Barritt takes her writing seriously. To help provide accuracy for her crime stories, she’s been through a citizen’s police academy, as well as the FBI citizen’s academy. One of her friends is a medical examiner and a source when she needs a credible forensics report in her fiction.
Barritt is a good writer who knows how to weave suspense.
I highly recommend Race Against Time.
Posted April 2, 2012
If you are a fan of suspense, you don't want to miss this book. I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. The small town setting and characters are engaging. The romance element springs up naturally and had me pulling for the main characters until the conclusion.
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Posted April 1, 2012
Race Against Time hooked me from page one and I would've read it in one sitting if I'd had the time. It had the perfect balance of suspense and romance and kept me entertained to the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2012
Guys wouldn’t be caught dead reading romantic suspense novels. Right?
Maybe not most guys, anyhow, but when it’s as good as Christy Barritt’s new book, Race Against Time, they ought to give this genre-or at least Christy’s book-a well considered second thought. Women shouldn’t be the only ones who get to enjoy a read like this one.
When Race Against Time arrived, I took a quick peek at the first page, intending to set it aside and get back to what I’d been working on before the mail came.
My intentions failed miserably.
Christy had done the first thing every writer is supposed to do. And something few writers do very well. She hooked me with the beginning sentence. Nothing like a mysterious ticking to make even a guy curious.
Then she did the second thing a good writer tries to do: She captured and held my attention so completely for the rest of that paragraph and page that I flipped over and kept on reading, stopping only when my wife insisted that supper was more important.
I wasn’t sure I agreed.
I finished my reading that night and would’ve stayed up late to do it if I’d needed to.
At no point did Christy disappoint. Although I had strong suspicions about the identity of the villain, Christy presented such strong evidence against the possibility of it being him that I’d changed my mind until that climactic moment when she removed all doubt. And even though I had an early premonition about the connection between two things I won’t go into here and spoil your reading, Christy really surprised me with the way the two were connected. And that helped to solve a problem in a way I hadn’t anticipated.
Some women write what I would consider disgustingly sappy romance.
I found Christy’s depiction of the romance between Madison and Brody to be quite acceptable, however. I suppose it’s inevitable that a protective hero and an endangered heroine are going to fall in love, especially when both have reasons to avoid it and make a convincing effort to stay out of one another’s arms.
I’m quite fond of inspirational fiction, but I realize not everyone feels the way I do. However, I don’t recall anything “preachy” in this book-just some honest sharing of thoughts and feelings about Christianity.
Although I’m not familiar with all of Christy’s books, Race Against Time is the best of the ones I’ve read. Highly recommended-for women. . .and men.
Posted April 20, 2012
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Posted May 2, 2012
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