In the second book of the Ivy Nash series, we meet up with the interesting cast of characters we left off with in the first book IN Defiance. Ivy and the spunky street teen Christina are busy with the new PI business ECHO that Ivy started, to help kids in need. Stan is still the candy bar munching detective that helps them out when needed. And Z is still Ivy’s best friend and cheerleader.
This time around, Ivy agrees reluctantly to take on the case of Anika, a street teen desperately looking for her parent. At the same time, it appears that Ivy’s kidnapper is back and sending Ivy messages by torturing people in her life. I still love these characters and how their relationships have seemed to grow from the previous book.
They have all grown a little closer and have begun having relationships that don’t necessarily revolve around Ivy, such as Z and Christina. They now have a friendship that is more like a big sister, little sister thing I found cool. It’s the small little details that show the character’s growth and changing relationships that make them seem more like 3 dimensional people instead of the fictional characters they are. It makes it even easier to like them and want to root for them.
I truly enjoyed how the author managed to intertwine the two major storylines while also keeping them separate mysteries in their own right. This one has a twist that caught me right off guard. I didn’t see that one coming at all (no spoilers here).
He also managed to end this one open-ended so we can definitely tell that another book is coming out, but still left me feeling satisfied that both cases were solved, even if one was not closed. I’m a fan of these interesting characters and their escapades. The only issue I had is that one of the secondary character’s (Anika’s brother) name changed from earlier in the book. This was kind of jarring, but really doesn’t detract from the overall storyline.
If you like a good detective story that is character driven, you’ll love this series.
A serial killer is terrorizing San Antonio, and the method of murder is beyond macabre. As Ivy Nash is pulled into the case by her police detective friend, Stan, there appears to be one intersecting point between the victims—Ivy herself.
Meanwhile, Ivy and her new organization, ECHO, take on a case for a run-away teen whose parents have disappeared. Was it self-imposed, or is something more nefarious going on?
Moving at a break-neck pace, the parallel trails to stop the killer and to find the missing parents seem both murky and crystal clear. But just as Ivy believes the end is near, past transgressions are slammed in her face—and nothing will be the same.
A man wants retribution. And he’ll even saw off his own leg if it means Ivy will suffer.
“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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