This is the third book in the Ivy Nash Thriller series that I have had the pleasure to read and review on this blog.
Ivy Nash is back with her spunky sidekick Cristina, her best friend Z and her detective friend and colleague Stan. Ivy Nash is a character that is difficult to forget. She’s strong, she’s a protector of those who are unable to protect themselves and she’s fierce while doing so. She’s also broken and complex and seems like a real live human, as do all the main characters in this series. I’m so in love with the the author’s ability to make fictional characters seem so real.
In the previous two books, there were two main storylines going on at the same time, which made the stories feel fast-paced and interesting. Mr. Mefford hasn’t changed his unique ability to intertwine and interweave two major storylines in one book, without causing confusion on the part of the reader. He does this brilliantly in this third book in the series.
In this book, we get to learn more about Cristina’s back story, as a monster from her past comes back into her life. We learn the real truth as to why she ran away and was living on the streets. What happens to her is truly frightening. I can’t say too much about this situation because I don’t want to give any spoilers. I just know that this slow unfolding of each character’s background just make them more complex and interesting.
Not only does he intertwine two mysteries into this book, but there is an element of suspense running through the background of the story. You’re never quite sure if Ivy’s kidnapper from the previous book is going to make an appearance. It adds a quality to the story that I find difficult to describe but it’s there. I find this very satisfying and think it gives the book more interest.
I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I’ve truly come to love the characters and want to know more about them and more about what happens to them.
When lives are shattered, can the bond of friendship survive the suspicion of guilt?
Just as she feels her world caving in around her, Ivy Nash realizes that there are no guarantees in life…for her or for those she cares about.
Ivy must protect an adorable little girl from a wealthy egomaniac hell-bent on revenge, as a monster from Cristina’s past returns with a fury.
When the dust settles, will those that live have any life to speak of? And will Ivy ever be able to stop looking over her shoulder for the man she knows will never stop until she’s destroyed?
“Rife with deceit and deception and characters that leap off the page, this story is told with confidence through a sure hand, engaging both the mind and the heart. A compelling treat.” — Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I love the way that Mefford writes, seamlessly jumping between characters and time frames with no confusion, and he is extremely descriptive of the setting . You almost feel like you are watching a movie instead of reading a book!” — Hilary Mahoney, Elusive Red Tiger
“Mefford wrote her character with depth and you can feel her passion for her job throughout the entire book.” — Shelly Maynard, Lynchburg Mama
Above reviews from An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 1, IN Defiance
Books in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series:
AT Bay AT Large
Books in the Ivy Nash Thriller Series:
IN The End
Q&A with author John W. Mefford:
Q: What do the Ivy Nash Thrillers have to do with the Redemption Thriller Series?
JWM: The Ivy Nash Thrillers comprise the second sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series. The Alex Troutt Thrillers are the first sub-series. While I’ll eventually write a series that connects the major characters and plots from all the sub-series, you don’t have to read the AT books prior to the IN books. But I have to say, the AT thrillers are darn good.
Q: So you’re saying you don’t have to read the Alex Troutt Thrillers before the Ivy Nash Thrillers?
JWM: Nope. While a few of the characters might occasionally overlap between the series, they can be read as stand-alone. And then I’ll wrap everything up in a final set of six novels that connects all of the main characters and stories from each sub-series. If you haven’t read any of the Alex Troutt thrillers yet, you can try out the first three at a pretty nice discount. Just search for Alex Troutt Box Set.
Q: Can you give some insight into how Ivy Nash might connect to Alex Troutt down the line?
JWM: Sure…and then I’ll send over a hit squad. Seriously, I’ll be sprinkling in a few clues along the way for those who pay close attention to the details, but it will all come together in that final six novels of the Redemption Thriller Series. And it will be explosive and gut-wrenching at the same time.
Q: How many different sub-series are you planning to have in the Redemption Thriller Series?
JWM: Right now, I see four sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series, with six novels in each. It’s the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor I’ve undertaken. I hope you enjoy the journey.
About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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