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Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill | Book Review


An Amara Alvarez Stand-Alone Novel  


Tom Threadgill 

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Detective 

Publisher: Revell 

Date of Publication: February 2, 2021 

Number of Pages: 384 pages  

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She’s following her instincts. They’re following her every move. 
After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she’s worked for: a transfer to San Antonio’s Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos. 

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she’s forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files. 

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected. 

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After finishing the first book in this series last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next installment. There is no sophomore slump with this one! As with the first book, the author continues to deliver thrilling suspense and action that keeps coming to the very end and should not be missed! And although this is part of a series, there is absolutely no reason to worry you will be missing anything should you decide to start here. Each book is a well-developed standalone, but you’ll definitely find yourself reaching for the other title once you’re done!

But, just like Cotulla, the itch had grown, demanding to be scratched. Insisting there was more. Always more.”

Picking up after the events of the first book, readers once again follow Amara Alvarez on her first case as a Homicide Detective for the San Antonio Police Department. The story presents a spectacular view of the criminal investigation as she doggedly pursues leads that will help solve the death of a young man found at a local pool park. All along the way, readers witness how committed she is to her profession and the proficiency she displays that continues to make her successful. The opportunity to watch the case unfold alongside Amara makes this a captivating read that paints a whole picture of this law enforcement official both professionally and personally. The instant notoriety she achieved from the case in the first book puts her straight in the crosshairs of a fellow detective, yet family issues at home weigh heavy on her heart as well. There is no doubt that Amara has a lot going on, but she navigates each obstacle with incredible grace and embodies the realistic nature of dedicated police officers everywhere.

If you have read the first book COLLISION OF LIES, then you may fondly remember Dr. Pritchard, the medical examiner with a fantastically developed personality. I was looking forward to seeing more of him and his eccentricities; however, he was barely mentioned. Maybe he will feature more prominently again as the series continues though he would have brought some much needed levity during some of Amara’s more stressful moments.

I mentioned in my review of the first book how even though the book was published by a Christian fiction publisher, the story will have you reevaluating any preconceived notions you might have had about that label. Once again, the author’s deft storytelling proves that a thrilling suspense and action-packed story can be crafted without the more graphic elements found within mainstream bestsellers.

This is a series that I anticipate each year, so I can’t wait for the next one! Plus, with an ending like this, I couldn’t help but gasp and say out loud, “Oh. no.” Whatever comes next for Amara is going to be a ride, and I’m looking forward to joining her on it!

5 stars.

Many thanks to Revell, the author, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a free copy of the copy. This is my honest and thoughtful opinion.

Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas. 

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1 thought on “Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill | Book Review”

  1. GREAT review — and I love that you were able to fall right in with Amara and her world without it being necessary to read book one. (But I want to read them both!) Thanks for sharing!


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