Book Review: Fatal Exchange

12 May

721911Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She lives the quiet–well, relatively quiet–life of a teacher and thrives on making a difference in the lives of her students. But she’ll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn’t know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother’s life.

Undercover cop Mason Taylor has been working with Rafael to find his brother and bring the cartel thugs who hold him to justice. Can he talk Rafael down from his impulsive actions? And is there something more sinister at work here than he realizes?


harrislisAward-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has twenty novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, where they work as missionaries.

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My Impressions:

For romantic suspense, one of my go-to authors is Lisa Harris. The second book in her Southern Crimes series, Fatal Exchange, is just another of example of why she is one of my favorites. Fast-paced with a twisting plot, it also has a great romantic element combined with a strong faith message. A good pick for anyone looking for their next great read.

Emily Hunt is a teacher among a family of police officers. She has never wanted the high pressure job that requires courage. But when faced with a student with a gun in her classroom, Emily is called upon to draw from her experience and her faith. Mason Taylor had been a family friend of the Hunts until Michael Hunt was murdered and Mason was tied to his death. Exonerated by the police force, Mason, an undercover officer, longs to put things right with Emily’s family. The standoff at Emily’s school, puts Mason in the middle of the action and in the line of fire.

Fatal Exchange has it all — great characters you come to care about, a fast-moving plot with twists you never see coming, a believable romantic thread and a message of forgiveness and trust. The characters rely heavily on God, even when they have doubts and fears. The novel makes it plain that though we live in a sin-filled, fallen world, God’s grace is abundant. Drug trafficking, cartels and dirty cops are the elements of the very believable plot line. I liked book 1 in the series, Dangerous Passage, but I really liked Fatal Exchange. And while it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend the reader start with book 1. There is a mystery running through the two books that does not get solved. But from the last paragraph of Fatal Exchange, it looks like the reader will finally have answsers in book 3. If you are a fan of Terri Blackstock or Diann Mills, be sure to check this one out. You will not be disappointed.


(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Fatal Exchange”

  1. Lisa Harris May 12, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    So excited you enjoyed Fatal Exchange!! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

    • rbclibrary May 12, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Can’t wait for book 3! Just have to know what happened to Michael.

      • Lisa Harris May 12, 2014 at 7:29 am #

        It should be out around January!!

      • rbclibrary May 12, 2014 at 8:01 am #


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