From the very first pages of Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan, my heart was pounding in my chest. Not from the book being scary by any means, but because this book is very face paced and contains a lot of action and mystery. This book is one that would throw a lot of people’s misperceptions about Christian books being dull out the window. Had it not been for knowing that Bethany House is a Christian publisher, I would have thought this book was written by a first class secular author minus the swearing and super questionable scenes.
Sophie Dawson is a prosecutor in Atlanta, Georgia who is working on a big case of an employee from a bank potentially laundering money. Like a lot of people who work late nights, one night she stops at the gas station for a little pick me up since dinner didn’t happen and was hours ago and just happens to be in the totally wrong place at the very wrong time and witnesses a robbery and double homicide at the gas station. Suddenly Sophie is thrown from being solely the role of prosecutor, but also being the lone witness to the crime that is committed by the brother of the head of one of the most brutal gangs in Atlanta. Fearing for her safety, Sophie’s father hires a security company to watch out for her and she is put in the trust of Cooper.
Then things start getting weird. Sophie has encounters with someone sneaking around her house, which prompts them to move to a safe house until the trial is over. People who are an intregal part to her laundering case are suddenly being killed, which she figures is the gang’s attempt to deter her from focusing her attention the baby brother. The gang leader swears to his attorney it isn’t him who is committing the other crimes- he may have committed one or two, but others that are being committed don’t have his gang’s signature styles on them is what he alleges.
While Sophie is working is in the safe house, she enlists Cooper’s security company to help her look into details of the case since they also specialize in that too. What she finds points to a way deeper problem than she could ever imagine. Certain goings-on around the office lead her to think that there is someone who is communicating events that she is researching to the bank making it challenging to be effective in her case and allowing the bank to find ways to counter her case. All the while, as Sophie works with Cooper more, she starts to find herself falling for him, but he has made clear that he doesn’t have the same goals in mind that she does.
When the trial for the gang homicide is over, Sophie still finds odd events happening to the bank workers and finds herself at a huge risk for some big problems. This book will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read. I don’t recommend you read take this book along to read in other locations unless you have ample time to read because you are not going to want to put it down. Rachel Dylan is not only an author, but an attorney as well so she is very good at including the facts you need for a heart pounding thriller love story.
This book is a phenomenal book to read, but I would caution against younger readers reading it. Even though it is clean because it is a Christian book, there are still some murder scenes that are a little more graphic than I would feel comfortable letting my young readers at home read. This book is definitely a PG-16 book for violence, but if you are above that age, by all means you are going to want to read this book. I am looking forward to seeing more books come out by Rachel Dylan!
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