Book Review: Critical Threat

28 Dec

Critical Threat is the latest romantic suspense novel in Lynette Eason‘s Extreme Measures series. Set in the D.C. metro area, this book takes the reader on a wild ride as two FBI agents work to stop a seriously creepy serial killer. If you like your suspense filled with twists, turns, and narrow escapes this one is for you!

FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley tracks serial killers, using her skills as a psychiatrist and behavioral analyst to get dangerous people off the street and safely behind bars. But prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe knows that just because a killer is incarcerated doesn’t mean they’re not a threat. His own father, Peter, is a serial killer–in prison but certainly not out of Sam’s life, as much as he wishes he was.

When bodies start showing up with Peter’s MO, Sam and Grace are both called in to consult. They’ve met before–and though Grace thought they’d made a real connection, Sam ghosted her. They’ll have to get past the awkwardness and mistrust to solve this case–especially because it’s about to get personal.

USA Today bestselling author Lynette Eason doesn’t give you time to catch your breath in this breakneck race to stop a serial killer.

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher’s Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

My Impressions:

Critical Threat is the latest book in the Extreme Measures series by Lynette Eason. Extreme is a good word for this book in particular — there are lots of intense moments. A romantic suspense, the novel is nicely balanced between the building relationship between the two main characters, Grace and Sam, and the increasing tension of finding a serial killer who takes creepy to a new level. Sam and Grace have a considerable amount of baggage in their pasts. The two are FBI agents/psychiatrists with different roles at the Bureau but with the same amount of insight into the human psyche. That helps them uncover the mindsets of criminals, but also allows them to encourage each other. Their relationships with God also help to ground them. This aspect of the book comes across naturally, not forced by a writer’s agenda. The bad guy takes the creep-factor up a notch and had Grace and Sam scrambling, as well as the reader guessing just what would happen next. There are a lot of close calls for Grace, especially, and I enjoyed her no-nonsense approach as she fought off fear to get her man. I also liked that while the ending was a surprise, some of my suspicions were on the mark — it made my sleuthing heart happy. 😉 While suspense is at the forefront of Critical Threat, the romance was as I like — slow to build and beginning with a friendship.

Critical Threat is the third book in the series, but can easily be read as a standalone. But why would you want to? I recommend it and the other books in the series.


Audience: adult.

(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: Critical Threat”

  1. Cindy Davis December 28, 2022 at 3:44 pm #

    I look forward to reading this one 🙂 Great review!


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