Title: Minutes to Kill
Series: Scarlet Falls #2
Author: Melinda Leigh
Genre: Murder, Thriller, Romance
Published: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4 stars
After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries—and fails—to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could be a welcome distraction. But soon, Hannah realizes the kidnappers have all the info they need to track her every move. And when chilling e-mails about the victim appear in her inbox, it’s frighteningly clear what happened in Vegas has followed her home.
Eight months after a terrible family tragedy, Hannah turns to Detective Brody McNamara once again. Brody is eager to help, though he’s embroiled in the investigation of a brutal murder. But the closer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow…and the more they stand to lose when two seemingly unrelated, but equally deadly, cases collide.
Read on for my thoughts on Minutes to Kill. No true spoilers, promise.
Hannah Barrett was in the right place, but the wrong time. She was unable to help the young girl crying out for help, suffering her own injuries at the hands of those who snatched the young lady. Soon she discovered her wallet and phone were missing. That leads to even more trouble for Hannah as she returns to Scarlet Falls to recover.
When she discovers that the kidnappers have tracked her to her hometown, Hanna turns to Brody for help. Their attraction strengthens as Hannah is facing true danger from those that harmed a young girl in Las Vegas and now have their eyes on her.
We first ran into the Barrett family in Hour of Need. The second novel in the Scarlet Falls series is full of intrigue, mystery and suspense. Hannah’s and Brody’s romance adds another layer to this engaging novel. Minutes to Kill is an intense ride that doesn’t slow down much along the way to the satisfying ending. An emotional story on so many levels, this is a novel that will draw you in and keep you reading until you get to the last page. Then you’ll wish you could head right into Mac’s story. I know I did, but his book is coming soon.
The Barrett’s are an interesting family. The father of the three (originally four) siblings was an emotionless force in their lives – now he’s in a nursing home, far from the man he used to be, but his influence on his children is still quite powerful. The family dynamics are fascinating, and it shows within the stories.
I would recommend this intense mystery, suspense romance for readers who enjoy a good mystery, a novel full of suspense and a romance filtered throughout the story. It’s a gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the other shoe to fall. Pick it up and enjoy – but keep the lights on.
*I received an e-ARC of Minutes To Kill from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*