Author: Georgia Tingley
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
“Independence Day, 4th July, 1976 – Thirteen-year-old Christine Conroy mysteriously vanishes from her back yard in a small country town in North Western USA. Folks think Christine has run away to Hollywood as she threatened, but people who know what really happened are determined to hide the truth.
Forty years later, Justice Smith is commissioned to find her body and her murderer – not an easy task after so much time has elapsed. Luckily for him, he has a secret weapon – Justice Smith is a Warrior Angel!
Sent down to Earth to seek justice for those that can’t, he uncovers a deadly secret – the bodies of several young girls. A serial killer has gone undetected, living among a small community for four decades.
To complicate matters further, Justice has a mortal connection to the prime suspect’s daughter Andi. He finds himself teaming up with an unlikely ally and while working together to uncover the truth, he crosses the boundary to break the heavenly rules for a forbidden love. Will the price he has to pay be too high?”
Who’s driving this thing?
Justice Smith, a Warrior Angel sent from heaven to find the body of a missing teenage girl from 1976. Justice is used to going on missions for the good of mankind, but this one will not only test him, but reunite him with someone very dear to him.
This guy is suave, and not in a cheesy way. Justice is smooth, smart and focused. A newcomer in a small town, he is immediately centre of attention and something of a novelty. Under the guise of writing a book on missing children, Justice suaves his way from witness to witness to find the murderer of Christine Conroy.
What’s this all about?
It’s been over forty years since Christine Conroy went missing but his superior Angels have told Justice who the murderer is and it’s Justice’s job to prove it. He pulls apart the cold case, finding the holes in the investigation and interviewing the locals.
Along the way, he meets Andrea Cutler, the daughter of the prime suspects. Feeling a deep connection between the two of them, Justice is compelled to find out more about her. Risking breaking the angelic laws that be, Justice and Andrea become closer, even when it means Justice closing in on her parents.
What’s so great about it?
This book was a really enjoyable read. Great protagonist, an air of mystery throughout and a heart-warming romance. Now, usually, imagery is my thing. I love a richly painted scene but Georgia Tingley really sets the scene in a fairly minimalistic way while still giving us enough of a visual for us to work with. There’s less imagery, but still a whole lot of feeling for the location and setting. It’s really hard to describe, but it works.
My favourite part about this book was Justice and Andrea building their relationship, in a short time for sure, but as they have been together several times before in their past lives, it makes total sense. Andrea was my favourite character. She’s super sweet, damaged by her childhood and neglectful parents and suffered many hardships but still powered through. She’s a humble fighter in search of someone to love her, but the lack of that someone doesn’t stop her living life on her terms. Such a great, rich character.
A smooth story, full of surprises and very satisfying to read.
What’s not so great about it?
The biggest distraction for me was the tense changes. Throughout the book there are several places where past tense temporarily becomes present but in the narrative, not the dialogue. It happened enough times to break immersion on more than one occasion.
Where can I get it?
E-book and paperback editions are available on Amazon. The author just recently had a weekend sale but as of Tuesday 25th June 2019, this book is actually still free so grab it while you can!
Thanks for reading!