NEXT OF KIN
Next of Kin is a quick read with vivid descriptions and engaging characters. Sala makes it very easy to invest in these characters and their actions. Although Beth is in mortal danger, she never makes herself out to be a damsel in distress and comes across as a determined, strong woman. The fast-paced plot escalates the suspense all the way to the satisfying conclusion.
While staying at a friend’s house, Beth Venable witnesses a murder, which thrusts her into a police investigation. When the murderer mistakes Beth’s friend for the witness and kills her, the FBI moves Beth to a safe house, which unfortunately is not beyond the reach of the killer. Beth must run to keep herself safe, and the safest place she can think of is hidden away with distant family and an old love. Beth must trust the people from her past, especially a former flame, Ryal Walker, to keep her safe. But if she isn’t careful, Beth might lose more than her heart. (MIRA, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)