Nothing like a good thriller to keep me up way past my bedtime. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown did just that.
Description (from Amazon)
Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major–even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra’s hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
The author weaves a well written and intriguing tale of suspense rooted in events that took the place when both of the main characters were children, and which impacted on each of them in different ways. Trapper’s fascination with the bombing drives him to seek answers about the persons behind the tragedy which brought about so much change in his life. With “The Major” refusing interview requests, Kerra reaches out to his estranged son for help in obtaining access to the hero. The result is a reluctant partnership of sorts between the two as they search for answers to difficult questions.
I found both Trapper and Kerra to be interesting and well developed characters. The intricate plot has an abundance of twists and turns — a real page-turner — with non-stop action and elements of romantic suspense and sexual tension. Although the sexual tension enhanced the story, in my opinion, the explicit descriptions of their intimate physical interactions were somewhat gratuitous and detracted from the story.
Content Advisory: If you are offended by strong language and explicit graphic sex, this book is not for you.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book and have voluntarily chosen to share my honest review.