So you might think I’m a little bias when reviewing Camy Tang novels but in all fairness, her writing really is good. I love her storylines because I can relate to them and because I’m from the Bay Area too.
Narrow Escape is Camy Tang’s 4th Love Inspired Suspense by Harlequin. She continues with this fast-paced thriller set in Sonoma, CA. Meet Arissa Tiong and her three-year-old niece/adopted daughter, Charity. Charity’s father, Arissa’s brother, was killed in action as a LAPD narcotics cop. The story starts abruptly with Arissa waking up after having been kidnapped. She and Charity are able to escape but not before Arissa realizes that the kidnapping had something to do with her deceased brother, Mark. She borrows a friend’s car and drives to the only person she trusts to help her – her brother’s old parter, Nathan Fischer, who lives in Sonoma. Nathan is the first and last person she wants to see – she had strong feelings for him before he accused her brother of being a mole for the Filipino gang, LSL. Nathan is weary to help at first, but his protective and paranoid instincts kick in just in time before their lives are in danger. Nathan is sure that his partner was feeding information to the LSL but no evidence was ever found beyond what Nathan witnessed. He didn’t want anything to do with Arissa, a woman he had fallen in love with, but he can’t let her and Charity down. Nathan’s injuries and circumstances have led him to give up on God, but will he dare to trust again? Can Arissa and Nathan figure out what really happened with her brother and why the LSL are after her?
This story was so fast-paced and interesting. I loved everything except maybe how fast the ending was. I actually didn’t guess the ending, which was nice. I wish the ending hadn’t been so rushed (which is why the 4.5 instead of 5 rating).
I really enjoyed getting to know Arissa and Nathan as characters. They developed really nicely for the length of this book. They each had their fears and struggles – they were real and relatable, which is what I love about Camy Tang’s characters.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an attention-grabbing story with a Christian message full of God’s protection and forgiveness.