Critical Impact, by Linda Hall (Steeple Hill, 2010)
Critical Impact is romantic suspense that opens with a bang—literally. Makeup artist Anna Barker narrowly escapes death when an explosion rips through city hall. Two of her students are killed, and the mayor is seriously injured.
Anna herself may lose the use of her hand—the hand she relies on in her work. Ironically, she and her team were preparing to do the injury simulation makeup for a mock disaster exercise.
Deputy Stu McCabe is first on the scene to rescue Anna. Despite incriminating evidence that links her to the blast, his instincts say she’s innocent. And his heart needs her to be.
She claims she saw her abusive ex-boyfriend at the scene. Or was the attack aimed at the mayor? Or at one of Anna’s students?
Anna’s aunt is involved with the mayor’s wife in a cult-like church that celebrates the explosion as an act of God’s wrath. Living with her mother and aunt, will Anna get the support she needs? Especially when “accidents” start happening?
Critical Impact is the third the Whisper Lake series, set in small-town Maine. Readers will recognize characters from the first two novels. As always, Linda Hall delivers well-thought-out characters and a complex plot, and she finds a way to get us thinking about our faith. Steeple Hill novels aren’t in stores long, but they’re always available through the online stores.