Expert Witness


Title:  Expert Witness

Author:  Rachel Dylan

Pages:  219

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 stars.

My two favorite things about the Love Inspired Suspense stories is that they get the story going quickly and readers get to see faith in action not just in word.  This book is no exception.  It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia.  The two main characters are Max Preston, a U.S. Marshal and Sydney Berry, a forensic artist and expert witness.

Sydney has given part of her testimony on opening day in the trial of a prominent businessman’s murder trial.  She is set to give the bulk of her testimony tomorrow.  Due to suspected ties to a local drug gang by the defendant, Sydney is assigned a protective agent from the U.S. Marshal’s Office in the person of Max Preston.  Upon leaving the courthouse, she is in immediate need of his protection as she is the target of a drive-by shooting.  She is uninjured, but she has been put on notice that she is not safe to go home.  She and Max head to a safe house, but soon after arrival their lives are again threatened.

Hereafter, they can no longer be sure who they can trust and are on the run.  They are kept in the loop by a couple of co-workers as to the trial of the status as Sydney is determined to complete her testimony so she can give justice to the young murder victim.  Another threat from Sydney’s past also enters in to play, that of her abusive ex-boyfriend.  He has no idea of the strong woman she has become since their relationship ended when she ran away from him.  She ran from him and to a church where she found God and faith in Him.  She now lives her faith daily and with Max spending so much time around her, he has begun to renew his childhood faith that had previously been put by the wayside.  With constant threats and attempts on their lives, can there be time for a romantic relationship?  Can Sydney move beyond her mistrust of men?

This story get the heart pumping from beginning to end with lots of action and suspense.  There is little down time, so hold on to your hat!  Sydney’s strong faith will be put into action as she must run for her life.  Max revisits his past and why he veered from his faith after he sees Sydney’s dependence on God.  This is a good story for a rainy afternoon or anytime readers have a few hours.  It won’t take long to read as the pages will flip quickly!