Author: Irene Hannon
Series: Triple Threat #2
Release Date: October 5, 2021
When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.
Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?
Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.
Reviewer: Amy Smelser
What a twisty roller coaster of a ride this one was. So many different variables and the author was able to keep me guessing on who could be the mastermind at the well organized crime situation.
Taking place at a private and elite all girl school, Cate Reilly goes undercover as one of the students to investigate a high profile disappearance. Little does she know that this particular school is hiding many secrets. Even though it is a contemporary novel, this story gave me some gothic vibes. A mysterious school nestled deep in the woods with some notorious and suspicious characters abounding.
Not only is Cate undercover, but her ex Zeke Sloan is also undercover for another reason, and he is posing as the Spanish teacher. Things get pretty interesting when they meet up again and as the danger escalates so does their strong feelings and passion for one another.
Zeke would love nothing better then to make amends with Cate, if she will let him explain what happened eight years ago, and depending if they can get out of their respective cases alive. This was a very full suspense.
I was provided a copy of this novel from Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Joy Hannabass
Cate Reilly, St. Louis County detective cannot believe she is going undercover again since she vowed after her first undercover job was finished, it was her last. But here she is again, because she is the only one who fits the job description.
A high profile businessman's daughter is missing from Ivy Hill Academy, an exclusive girls' boarding school, and he wants his daughter found. So Cate is there as a student to get information, but why is her ex-boyfriend Zeke there as undercover as well? There must be more going on at the Academy than they knew about.
As always, Irene Hannon writes another romantic suspense that will have you on the edge of your seats, biting your nails with every detailed scene in this book. I could not put this book down, I finished it in the middle of the night. The suspense is so intense you find yourself planted into the story. It feels as if you are there living among the characters.
Hannon does an amazing job creating the cast of characters for this book, they are so realistic, and develop well as the story unfolds. I love and appreciate the element of faith in God running throughout the story and in such a subtle way. There is so much in this story, you need to read the book for the full effect.
If you love a good, clean, Christian romantic suspense story, this is the one for you. I encourage you to check out Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon. This is the second book in the Triple Threat Series by Ms. Hannon. I also encourage you to check out the other books as well. I'm giving Labyrinth of Lies Five Stars. I really love this story.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Nikita Wells
Whew! Let me just say- I had read Irene Hannon's earlier book, Starfish Pier (it was written like a Debbie Macomber book) and it wasn't really my cup of coffee. I knew when I saw this cover though, I HAD to give this author another try.
Cate Reilly makes for a top notch County detective, with two hilarious sisters supporting her and giving wanted and unwanted advice.
I'm definitely going to have to go back and get a copy of "Point Of Danger" to hear Eve's story. I'm guessing Grace will be the star of the next book, coming out October 2022.
She really hates to try undercover work again, as her last cade was emotionally hard on her, breaking up a trafficking ring. She decides to take the assignment after all though, and becomes a "17 year old student" at the posh Ivy Hill Academy boarding school for girls.
Zeke Sloan, DEA agent and Cate's former fiancée, is also working undercover at Ivy Hill, but as a teacher. His past also has some rough patches, and he wishes he could undo some of those mistakes.
They soon meet, and have to work together daily. Before long, their cases are seeming to intersect, and as the pieces fall in place, Cate & Zeke find themselves in more than just deep cover.
This book started out deceptively simple and no-nonsense, but I wasn't disappointed as it more than made up for the first few chapters with bursts of breakneck speed and intrigue.
It did have a few bits that could have been better though.
Trigger warning- a vague mention of a previous trafficking case, also minor criminal characters drink booze, use and sell drugs, as well as gamble online.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Linda Klager
This was my first book by this well-known author. This book was very well written. I can see why Irene Hannon is a very popular writer.
Cate Reilly did not like undercover jobs, but her supervisor said she was perfect for the job. She is 33 years old but can pass for a 17-year-old student. Cate hoped that this job would not be as dangerous as her previous undercover job.
Cate was to find out what happened to a student that disappeared from an exclusive all-girls school. She is going to be a roommate to the girl who used to room with the missing teen. Cate used her skills to try to get Kayla to give her more information on the missing girl. It took a while for Kayla to open up to Cate because of her past experience at this school in other teens not being very friendly.
Cate was getting used to her new job, but what a shock to see Zeke Sloan, her former true love also posing as a Spanish teacher. Zeke worked for the DEA.
Behind the bucolic atmosphere of this elite school is a huge amount of lies, hence the great title of the book.
There is much danger for Cate and Zeke and even for Kayla. I was very surprised when the author divulged the culprit of all the danger.
Cate and Zeke had a bumpy road getting back to true love. Their kisses were toe-curling, but forgiveness and trust had to be reinstated for them to continue.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Mindy Houng
It's been a while since I've read Irene Hannon's romantic suspense and I'm so glad that I was able to read this one. I've missed the fast-paced plot with unexpected twists and turns and riveting suspense that the author brings to every book she writes.
The premise is somewhat unique as a seasoned detective goes undercover as a teenager at an exclusive boarding school and a veteran DEA agent goes undercover at the same school as a substitute Spanish teacher. As the investigation into the disappearance of a student intersects with an investigation into a drug ring, Cate and Zeke are thrown together in impossible situations and they may just find a second chance at love if they can stay alive to solve their cases.
Cate and Zeke are likable characters but their romance was a bit underwhelming. I did enjoy getting glimpses into the perpetrators' thoughts and actions but the mastermind behind the crimes was a total surprise and the identity cleverly disguised until the end.
I received the book from the publisher via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.
Reviewer: Paul Shreckhise
Any Irene Hannon novel is a suspenseful delight. Since I lived in the St. Louis suburbs for 20 years, I always take a trip down memory lane as I read each book and look for familiar places. This time it was Hanks Cheesecake which I drove past on my way to work. Nathaniel Bakery is near where I lived and was on my shopping route and Tony’s was in downtown Clayton where I went to the bank and library. Nostalgic to say the least.
Cate Reilly, a County Detective, reluctantly goes undercover as a student in a posh school for girls on the western outskirts of the City. When she meets up with Zeke Sloan, also undercover for DEA, things get interesting. Cate and Zeke have a history and their parting 8 years ago was very hurtful, so this case could make or break their tenuous relationship. How are they going to work together to solve their cases of a missing teen couple and a possible drug ring? Are their cases even connected?
As the story unfolds, and they ferret out the bad guys, the tension ramps up and unpredictable things happen.
Ms. Hannon is very adept at crafting taut, believable characters in settings that I recognize. As always, the culprits get dealt with, the romance heats up and faith lessons are learned. I enjoyed the relationship Cate had with her sisters and the new friend she made in Kayla.
A great follow up to Point of Danger. Can’t wait to read book #3.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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