Pursued: The Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris – Book Review

Pursued: The Nikki Boyd Files  by Lisa Harris

Published by Revell Publishing  April 04, 2017

Genre:  Suspense, Mystery

Pages:  320

Rating:  3 out of 5 stars

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Publisher’s Description

Nikki Boyd’s flight into Nashville was routine–up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can’t-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave readers stunned.

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Story Notes

Lisa Harris’ highly anticipated third Nikki Boyd novel promises danger, suspense and drama but falls a little short in the first two categories.

I was given the first Nikki Boyd story for my birthday last year and really enjoyed the complex mystery and ongoing personal drama that Lisa Harris introduced to her readers. I have since read the second story and was really looking forward to her newest installment, however I was rather disappointed with this story. Ms. Harris began her book with Nikki being on-board a flight to Nashville, Tennessee, anticipating spending some time off with the man she is quickly coming to love, Tyler Grant. They have been through much together in the past few years and their shared tragedies have brought them together for more than friendship. Those plans are quickly shoved to the back burner when Nikki’s plane experiences engine failure and has to make an emergency crash landing. After escaping the wreckage with the rest of the passengers, Nikki searches for the woman who had been in the seat next to her who has disappeared. But upon asking the flight crew for the woman’s full name, Nikki is told that there was no one in the seat next to her and that no one with the name of Erika was on board her flight. Being a member of the Missing Persons Task Force, however, is Nikki’s career and she knows there is something going on here. What her investigation brings her to will test her physical, mental and investigative limits in the most brutal ways possible, and throw her into the middle of a case full of danger and murder. Anticipation and anxiety are meant to be a part of every good mystery and I felt that there was some of those intense feelings that were missing from this story. Like many who read mysteries or suspense stories often, I am looking to be truly terrified or anxious alongside the main characters of the story. I couldn’t get there with this story, and it was disappointing as I was “anticipating” a good read with this latest Nikki Boyd story. The main reason it was hard to feel anxiety was that the “danger” or “chase” scenes were not very descriptive or long. The action was not completely described in a way that was tense and “close call” like. I wasn’t really scared for Nikki or for the other characters like I had been in the two passed books and that was a little sad for me. The other reason I didn’t find it very thrilling is that the “bad guy” was not very well developed or explained. I prefer that my bad guys have some really awful behavior that makes you despise them throughout the whole book. I also prefer that they remain unnamed or if they are named, they have to be very good at getting away with their crimes; and this needs to be described well in the story so I can really understand why he or she is the bad guy. If there had been one of these two that was better done I think I would have enjoyed this book much more. I am choosing to believe this is just a “one-off” for Ms. Harris and the next Nikki Boyd will be much improved in the mystery/suspense department. I was, however, very pleased with the personal growth of Nikki herself throughout the story and am glad she finally sorted out her feelings for Tyler. Nikki carries much guilt and sorrow from her sister’s disappearance and supposed murder, which is one of her main drives for taking a position on the Missing Persons Task Force. Although she may never find out the whole story of her sister’s disappearance she is ready to move on and make a life with Tyler.  Tyler has spent several years sorting through the grief of his murdered wife, trying to raise their son, Liam, and still do the cyber security job he loves.  His recent trip to Liberia has helped him sort out his feelings for Nikki and he is looking forward to spending more time with her and Liam. I was so glad to see that Ms. Harris was having their relationship grow as they both grow in their faith. I’ve been rooting for them to get together since book one and am so excited to see where Ms. Harris will take them next. So, although this book was not as well-developed as I would have liked to have seen, I will still recommend this book as part of the Nikki Boyd series. I would not recommend that it be read as a stand alone as I think it is more of a transitional story rather than one that really drives the series. I will be looking for the next story in the series and hope that it will have more of the “umph” that I’m looking for in my mysteries.

I received this e-book free of charge from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.

 

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