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Lisa Carter’s Vines of Entanglement

A tangled web of lies characterizes the life Laura Mabry has built for herself and her son after the tragic death of her husband. But Laura’s carefully constructed world slides off its axis when she stumbles upon the body of a young college student on the recreational trails of Raleigh’s Greenway. What’s worse, Detective Jon Locklear is Laura’s worst nightmare…and her dream come true. Jon has spent years trying to forget Laura. Past experience has taught him that he can’t trust her, but old habits—like old loves—die hard. When the killer turns his attention on Laura, Jon may be the only one who can save her. Truth and murder lurk just around the corner for Laura. Can she find the courage to face her deepest fears and unravel the lies of her past before she and her son become the Greenway Killer’s next victims.

Review

I enjoy Lisa Carter’s books for a variety of reasons and I am always excited to get my hands on a new one. Here’s why:

What I liked:

Diversity. I love, love, love that Ms. Carter always has an American Indian as one of her main characters and then she has Latinos and blacks as their friends. I kid you not, Christian fiction, is, unfortunately, very homogeneous. It is just so great to see other races represented and I just love learning more about the American Indian culture. And this book is no exception as we learn about the Lumbee tribe.

This book has one of the tropes that almost every author in my February interview said they hated. I don’t hate this trope-if done right (which for me means that things are not all revealed at the end but revealed sooner). And so, even though I internally rolled my eyes at the situation, I was still caught up in it.

Jon. He’s a great detective and a great man. I loved the scenes he was in and found him to be a trustworthy narrator as he trusted God throughout the book.

The mystery. The book is appropriately named Vines, because there are a couple of family secrets that impact this novel and I loved unraveling every single one.

Spiritually, there is a great theme of grace and mercy and how God’s mercies are new every morning.

What I didn’t like:

Laura. This girl was so selfish. Every decision she made was about her, protecting her, making her feel secure. She swore up and down she loved her son, but I wasn’t terribly convinced because she made little to no sacrifices on his behalf. I will say that she changes, and by the end of the novel becomes more likeable, but she was a bit of a mess.

Romantic Scale: 8

Overall, such a fun book to read. I literally had a hard time putting it down. Laura’s personality would keep the book from receiving “5 stars”, but otherwise another good one!

**I received this book from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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