In book four of the Thunder Point series, Carr focuses her superior storytelling on one couple for a can’t-put-down read. Characters from previous books are included, but readers who are new to the series won’t be lost. In fact, this fully fleshed-out cast of characters is a mainstay of Carr’s writing, along with this book’s compelling plots and compassionately explored issues of forgiveness, family responsibility and, of course, love.
FBI agent Laine Carrington is recovering from a gunshot wound in Thunder Point, the hometown of the young woman she saved from a cult, and rethinking her career. Eric Gentry has spent time in prison, but he arrives in Thunder Point focused on getting to know the daughter he recently found out he has. The chemistry between Laine and Eric is palpable, but their life experiences make them both wary. Then, Laine’s estranged father shows up. His mental health has deteriorated, but sacrificing her future for her father isn’t what he wants or what she deserves. With his help and Eric’s steadfast support, Laine finally sees that love is a balancing act of compromise, honesty and forgiveness. (MIRA, Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)