Oath of Honor – Lynette Eason – Blue Justice #1 – Revell – Published 2 January 2018
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she’s never without someone to hang out with–or fight with. And she knows they’ll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.
Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy’s investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll–including someone from her own family. With her dead partner’s handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy’s head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she’s had a secret crush on for years won’t leave her side?
Oath of Honor is hugely thrilling, combining mystery, criminal investigations, politics, gang wars, shootings, and suspicions that hit far too close to home for the main characters. Oath of Honor begins a new suspense series from Lynette Eason, Blue Justice, which promises to deliver both mystery and romance.
Officer Isabelle St. John knows what it takes to commit her life to serving others – she’s just one more in a large family of fellow law enforcers. So, when her partner is murdered and she narrowly escapes with her life, Izzy knows she will do anything to bring his killer to justice. Investigating with her is her partner’s brother, Detective Ryan Marshall. As they untangle the mystery surrounding Kevin’s death and attempt to find the people responsible, Izzy and Ryan will have to face the hard truths behind the buried secrets.
This book had me majorly intrigued with the ‘crazy, loud, law-enforcement family’ and Izzy’s secret crush on her partner’s brother. The promise of action, mystery, and secrets that implicate the main characters’ loved ones were just icing on the cake. And Lynette Eason delivers on all counts. There really is non-stop action and I was literally biting my nails as the story built to a huge climax. Twist after twist has Izzy and Ryan chasing leads with their fellow police officers, dodging bullets, facing bomb blasts, and grieving the loss of friend, partner, and brother. There are also plenty of possible suspects, and there was no way I would have ever been able to guess how it all unfolded.
Along with plenty of suspense, Oath of Honor also includes a little romance. It doesn’t take the focus of the story line, but it gives relief from the otherwise tense plot. And it’s not just Izzy who has a secret crush. Turns out Ryan has some secret feelings of his own. Built upon many years of close friendship, Ryan and Izzy’s relationship has a natural feel that isn’t rushed or overly simplified.
Izzy’s large family and the cast of many other characters give this book a well-rounded feel, adding another layer to the action and romance. As the first book in the Blue Justice series, Oath of Honor introduces us to the characters who will star in book two, Izzy’s sister Chloe and her K-9, Hank. I look forward to reading Chloe’s story, which promises to be just as exciting as Oath of Honor.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Crime, mystery, gangs, murder, police, detective, romance, family, friendship, politics.
Published: 2 January 2018 by Revell.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 368 pages.