Dead Ringer (Truth Seekers Book 1)

Dead Ringer (Truth Seekers Book 1)

by Susan Sleeman

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She was hiding from her past...
When a local woman goes missing and Sheriff Blake Jenkins delivers her blood sample to DNA expert Emory Steele for analysis, Blake discovers Emory is a dead ringer for the missing woman. Blake's gut says the woman is related to Emory. But Emory rejects the notion, requiring a DNA test before she'll concede that she does indeed have a twin sister she never knew about.

Emory joins Blake in a search for her missing sister, but when an attempt is made to abduct Emory as well, they begin to think the abduction is related to Emory's birth parents. Blake vows to keep her under his watchful eye until they discover what this maniac is looking for and bring him to justice. But Emory balks at his constant surveillance as she's struggling to come to grips with a former brutal attack, and she wants nothing to do with a man who might want to get close to her. When it becomes clear that Blake is the only one who can keep her safe, will she let him get close enough to do so?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161342015
Publisher: Edge of Your Seat Books
Publication date: 04/19/2019
Series: Truth Seekers , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,514
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

SUSAN SLEEMAN is the bestselling author of over thirty-five novels with more than one million books sold. She writes romantic suspense novels that are clean with inspiring messages of faith. Readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.
In addition to writing, Susan also hosts She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.
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Dead Ringer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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LGHudson 13 days ago
RIVETING! From the first sentence to the last, Susan Sleeman’s DEAD RINGER (Truth Seekers Book 1) is RIVETING! Sleeman knows how to write believable romantic suspense that keeps you turning the pages. This series may be one of her best yet! One of my favorite elements is how she showcases the different talents of many different people to solve this particular case & it took the efforts of every single one of them! What if you were a superstar among your peers in a scientific setting but you had let fear petrify you to the point you rarely enjoyed being outside of the fortress you & your associates had built to help people solve all manner of mysteries using DNA and other such complex matters? What if suddenly you are mistaken for a kidnapped woman and investigated for possibly setting up your own kidnapping when you know your completely innocent? That is what happens to DNA Expert Emory Steele when Sheriff Blake Jenkins comes to deliver a blood sample for her to process. With a start like that, you can only imagine how the relationship between these two starts! This quickly turns into an extremely complicated case filled with family secrets, deception, lies, heartbreak, family drama, new friendships, turning to God, trusting God and learning to love again - family and other significant people. This is a fantastic start for this new series! I was provided an ARC of this book by the author. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Cheri5 14 days ago
Dead Ringer is the first in a new series by Susan Sleeman. I love this book. It brings back some of my favorite people but introduces me to a whole new group of friends while still bringing the action, excitement and up-to-date technology information I have come to love from this author. I loved the story line in this book but also the mystery and the “why” behind it. It was edge of my seat, couldn’t stop reading enjoyable. Cannot wait for the next in this series. I will be reading it as soon as possible. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to review. However, all opinions expressed are solely mine.
train_lady 28 days ago
Susan Sleeman's books always blow my mind. Can I give this one a six or seven? This series brings the Blackwell Tactical team and the Veritas team together to work against time to find Caitlyn Abbot who has just been brutally abducted from Cold Harbor, Sheriff Blake Jenkins' jurisdiction. He needs help faster than he can get with the normal law enforcement resources he has, so he turns to the Veritas Center for their expertise. He enlists the help of Emory Steele, who he discovers is a dead ringer for the missing Cait. This story is a superb weaving of detective work, strong headed characters, and of course even romance. As always, Ms Sleeman knows just how to put it all together for a very delightful read. The only part I thought was a little rushed was locating the last person in the mystery. But, that is a nit compared the the balance of the book.
Jutzie 3 months ago
Dead Ringer by Susan Sleeman Truth Seekers Series Book One Sheriff Blake Jenkins of Cold Harbor is on the clock to solve a case. Caitlyn Abbot has been abducted and the clock is ticking. He knows he needs more help than his own office and from working with Blackwell Tactical, he knows of a lab that they can things done...and faster. So, with Gage Blackwell's help...he's off to Veritas Center. Emory Steele is more than willing to help on a case of a missing woman. She's never met the sheriff, but her friend Samantha, who works for Blackwell, has told her he's intense. Very intense and all lawman. And even though Emory has shied away from men, she feels comfortable...and safe...around this man. The case takes quite a turn. A personal turn. All hands are on deck as the clock ticks closer to the time that they may not find the victim alive. Another great suspense romance. I love the characters and “seeing” them from previous books.
Deana0326 3 months ago
What would it be like to suddenly find out a secret from your past that shatters your world? Emory will face that crisis in a fast pace story that delivers an exciting ride into secrets and danger. The author has really stepped up her game in this latest book. The characters are relatable and fierce. Emory is determined to find out the truth as she helps Blake find a missing woman. It was fun to have old friends from the Blackwell Tactical Team in this story. I am fascinated by the knowledge the author has with weapons and tactical teams. I can’t image bring a part of an elite group like that without my heart thumping out of my chest at every mission. Emory and Blake are both hard headed and it makes for a tug of war of ideas between them. I think of this story as CSI meets Criminal Minds meets Chicago P.D.. The beginnings pages set the tone for an action packed journey as one woman fights for her life as another one tries to discover who she really is Emory knows she can decide what to do with the information about her sister as we.all have free will. I’m sure God has rolled his eyes at me a few times with my decisions. It’s nice to know that we do have the freedom to choose and I’m thankful I choose to follow Him everyday. Emory and Bake will face roadblocks, trust issues and learn about forgiveness and unconditional love. This is a great start to a new series and one I will be following closely as I await the next book to come out. I received a digital copy of this book from the author . The review is my own opinion.
Amigagal 3 months ago
This book was amazing! The amount of knowledge that an author has to know to write a book like this is astounding but Susan Sleeman has police procedure down pat! I honestly think she could write a handbook for law enforcement in real life! I love reading her books because they are fascinating and this one completely enthralled me. The amount of small details that go into solving a crime are incredible! I don't know how law enforcement personnel do it! The characters in the book take us on a journey showing us the emotions they have, the rules they must follow, and the disappointments that sometimes happen. However, when a lead pans out, oh the joy! When a woman is kidnapped at the beginning of the book, I thought, "how in the world can the police find her when so little clues are left behind?" The author takes us through a slow and steady process of how that happens but there is nothing "slow" about this book! The characters are fantastic and the action keeps you turning page after page. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it! If you've read the previous "Cold Harbor" books by the author, then you are acquainted with the two main character, Blake and Emory, who were in previous books but now they get their own story! This one is keep you guessing until the end so be ready to miss some sleep!
GrandaddyA 3 months ago
I should probably say at the start that I cannot imagine being in law enforcement. However, if I were, I find it even more unimaginable to process the scene of an abduction, take evidence to a well-known DNA lab for processing, and stand face-to-face with the person who was reported abducted. At least, that is who Sheriff Blake Jenkins thought he was facing. But Emory Steele denies it and the sheriff decides she has a twin. Imagine Emory Steele’s reaction when she is handed the picture of the abduction victim and sees herself. What a shock! But there are more shocks to come and you need to get the book now so you can enjoy the suspense, mystery, excitement, and romance. Before getting involved in this case, both Blake and Emory were on shaky ground spiritually. Traumatic events in their pasts rocked them significantly to the point that they struggled with their faith. As they were pulled deeper and deeper into the search for Caitlyn, and as other circumstances unfolded, they both began to realize their need for help from God if they were going to survive. One of the lessons from the story is that we cannot make much progress if we allow the past to bind us and affect our future. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 3 months ago
'He couldn't fail another person. Just couldn't.' I am a total forever fan of Susan Sleeman's. All in. She knows how to do inspirational romantic suspense and do it very well indeed. She never, ever disappoints. This is the start to a new series and I was so excited to start it! We met Emory Steele in her last book in the Cold Harbor series which featured the Blackwell Tactical Team. We see some of those members again in this book briefly and it was fun to see them again. We also met Sheriff Blake Jenkins in several of the Cold Harbor books. I was hoping that he would get a book some day and I was just thrilled to see him as one of the main protagonists here. Emory Steele is head of the Veritas Lab, a super specialized crime unit, having more resources and quicker results many times than law enforcement agencies. A local woman goes missing and when Blake delivers her DNA to Emory's lab, he is dumbfounded to see the same woman standing before him. She is a dead ringer for the missing woman. Emory is not so sure, but agrees to run the test. She then realizes she has a twin sister she knows nothing about. Emory is adopted so what is going on here? Blake determines to keep Emory safe and find her twin, but things heat up quickly and both are in soon in danger. Blake finds himself having feelings for Emory, but she was the victim of a brutal attack six months earlier and has no use for any man. But does God have other plans for these two? Susan Sleeman is in fine form here for sure! She researches everything and absolutely fascinates this reader with her find tuning of police procedure and the latest in crime scene investigations. It's like watching an episode of Criminal Minds! Seriously. She builds suspense until we can't wait to see what happens and must force ourselves not to skip to the ending. I loved every moment. Highly recommended. *My thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
ytcruz 3 months ago
Once again this talented author gives us a story that will grasp your attention from the first page to the last one. It’s also a very good introduction to the new series, Truth Seekers. A series that’s a spin off of Cold Harbor. This book one centers around Cold Harbor’s Sheriff Blake Jenkins, and Veritas’s DNA expert Emory Steele. When a woman goes missing and it appears to have been abducted, Blake goes to Portland to request the help of Veritas, a state of the art lab center . Imagine his surprise when the DNA expert is a dead ringer to the abducted woman. Family secrets are revealed , feelings are hurt, and the hunt for the abducted woman has Blake and Emory working together. As the plot thickens , and danger grows more as time goes on , so does the attraction. But these two have baggage to resolve and a mystery to solve. Another well written story with a plot that will keep your guessing. With characters that struggling with their attraction, faith and wondering if change is in their future. If you have read the Cold Harbor series, you will get a chance to visit with some of those characters as well. Looking forward to more stories in this series. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.