|The Hidden Son by
Dianna T. Benson
About the book~ The Hidden Son (Book 1, Cayman Islands Trilogy)
When U.S. DEA Special Agent Lelisa Desmond refuses to follow an order to bury evidence in a high profile case, her superior inexplicably hires a hit man to kill her deep in the ocean off Grand Cayman Island. Lelisa survives the first attempt on her life, but someone close to her is mistakenly murdered in her place.
With no one to trust, Lelisa enlists Inspector Alec Dyer for help but learns she’s his number one suspect in the scuba diving homicide. She sets off on a daring mission to bring down the man who ordered her execution. A man in a high position, with powerful friends. A man who will stop at nothing to silence her forever in order to hide his son’s crimes.
Can she take him down, before he sends someone else to silence her forever?
When Special Agent Lelisa Desmond disobeys a direct command, her supervisor orders her to take a vacation to the Caribbean with her partner and long-time friend. During a dive, her scuba buddy turns up dead. Alec Dyer, Inspector for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, plagued by his daughter’s unsolved disappearance almost two years ago and pestered by his ex-wife, isn’t sure he believes Lelisa’s claims of innocence, especially when crucial evidence she claims to possess disappears.
First off, what an awesome cover, don’t you think? It sums up the tone for the story. The author kept me biting my nails with an intense forward motion, a well-developed plot, and towards the end, a totally unexpected twist. Each character was unique, flavorful and realistic. This is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time.
At times, the technical jargon was a bit overwhelming, heavier than I generally prefer to read, but I willingly waded through because I enjoyed everything else about the book. Take my advice and keep going. You’ll be glad you did.
I felt the spiritual aspect of The Hidden Son was lacking and somewhat forced, almost like an afterthought. It didn’t contain cuss words or bedroom scenes, but if you’re a strict CBA reader, you may find this book tends to be a bit on the “fringe.”
A great debut novel by Dianna T. Benson! According to the author’s website, she calls herself a “Thriller/ Adventure/ Suspense Author.” I believe she delivered on all counts with The Hidden Son, and I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy, Persephone’s Fugitive, due out in July 2014.
Disclaimer: I purchased my copy of The Hidden Son from an author book signing event. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I received no monetary compensation.