Strand of Deception by Robin Caroll

B&H Publishing Group, March 1 2013

When Gina Ford, the daughter of a prominent Tennessee politician, goes missing from the University of Memphis a week after another girl was murdered on the same campus, police call in the FBI. Nick Hagar, married to his job as Special Agent in Charge, is assigned to the case, and when Gina’s body is found, her father demands justice.

Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result: the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddie’s heart when she was in college.

But do scientific advancements tell the whole story? Strand of Deception offers romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.

The third and final book in Robin Caroll’s Justice Seeker Series. This one is my favourite hands down! It was a little different from the previous two books in the series, which for me lent it a realism that wasn’t quite there in the other books (not a bad thing, just a good different). The thing that stood out for me was the lack of climax, but this was actually a good thing.Which is weird, as minimal or no climax usually results in dissatisfying reading. I was dissatisfied at all! In fact, had the book had a traditional climax, it would have detracted from the book. For me, the way the book ended suited the way the book started – clear, concise and genuine.

I also really liked Nick Hagar and Maddie Baxter. They were so cute together and they felt more like a genuine couple trying to figure out how to get their lives to mesh. It does get sorted out and with a very nice happy ending. This book had me smiling at parts and curious to the science going on (I’m not a science person at all). It was a pleasure to read!

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.