Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Firewall by DiAnn Mills

 Read an excerpt here

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naivet√© just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

Firewall by DiAnn Mills was an suspenseful and intriguing novel that kept me glued to the pages. The plot line was fast paced and well written, and it included the interesting idea of how technology could be (and probably often is) used for both terrorism and to further a person's greed. The storyline included several unexpected twists and turns, including a very huge plot twist in the first few chapters, and I was left not knowing who to trust and who was behind the attacks until the very end. I was shocked to discover who the real killer was and why they were motivated to kill and blow up so many civilians. The narration of the novel was very interesting and continued the suspense of the story. Most of the chapters were in third person narration but still told from either Taryn Young or Grayson Hall's perspective. However, a few chapters were in first person narration from the perspective of an unknown person who was involved in organizing much of the plot surrounding Nehemiah. The characters in Firewall were interesting and fairly well developed. Many of the characters had secrets that threatened the United States' security and there were so many unknowns that even the reader was not sure which characters were trustworthy. I really liked Grayson and his uncle Joe; they worked well together and were dedicated to protecting Taryn. I also liked Taryn's character. She had her own set of flaws and struggles, but I enjoyed seeing how she began to turn to God again for stability and to trust him again. I cannot say too much about Taryn and Grayson, but I liked how they interacted with one another, and I really enjoyed the epilogue. There were a couple things I thought seemed a little unrealistic about their interactions, but I cannot say more without giving away a major plot twist. Overall, I enjoyed Firewall, and I look forward to reading more of DiAnn Mills' novels.

I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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