A few months ago, I reviewed A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The next book in the Shepherd Suspense series is Cross Shadow, which I stayed up all night to read. Because it isn't like I have to go anywhere anymore.
Here is how the publisher describes the book:
All journalist Christine Lewis wants is the truth.
All pastor John Cross wants is to avoid it. Former CIA agent turned evangelical pastor John Cross is busy caring for the small community of believers he ministers to in Virginia. Journalist Christine Lewis is busy with the demand for her talents from top news agencies in New York City. Neither has any time left for their relationship, which began eight months before when they paired up to prevent the detonation of a chemical bomb in the nation's capital.
But when Christine hears that her stepbrother has been arrested for murder in Texas, they team up again to discover the truth about the crime. Untangling a web of conspiracy, the couple finds themselves in the center of another dangerous situation-and in trouble far deeper than they expected.
With an assassin on the loose, a trusted colleague acting as a double agent, and unreliable artificial intelligence connected to mercenaries who have Cross on their hit list, these two may not get out of the Lone Star State alive.
This middle book in the trilogy felt a lot faster paced. In the first book, there was a breather now and again, but that really didn't happen in Cross Shadow. That was a big part of the reason I couldn't put it down.
John and Christine's relationship takes a few twists and turns in this story. For much of the book, I wanted to shake them and tell them to just talk to each other. Of course, between suicide bombers and assassins, they are a little distracted.
The ending left me absolutely ready for the final installment in this trilogy. One more reason to be looking forward to 2021.
My recommendation? Get a copy of A Cross to Kill, and start there.
Learn more Andrew Huff and the Shepherd Suspense novels at www.andrewhuffbooks.com. He can also be found on Facebook (@huffwrites), Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff) and Instagram (@andyhuff).
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the I Read with Audra blogger program. The review is my own opinion.