Review: "Snare" by Deborah J. Ledford

Review by Judy Nickles

Deborah J. Ledford’s second novel, Snare (Second Wind Publishing), qualifies as a bonafide thriller. The author has mastered the art of changing the POVs of her well-developed characters from chapter to chapter without losing the thread of their individual importance within the story. While many writing gurus caution against multiple points of view, Ms Ledford has used them skillfully.

Mingling the potential victim’s American Indian heritage with her current world adds not only to the suspense but the general interest as well. While I enjoyed the somewhat lengthy descriptive passages scattered throughout the book, I felt they slowed the action somewhat. That said, I think removing them altogether would take away from the overall mood of the story.

Native American pop singer/songwriter Katina Salvo’s career is about to take off. There’s one problem: someone wants to kill her. Katina and her bodyguard, Deputy Steven Hawk, are attacked during an altercation at her first live concert. Could the assailant be a mysterious, dangerous man from her youth? Or her estranged father recently released from prison for killing her mother?

The action spins from California to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and finally to the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a relatively short amount of time. The author demonstrates an excellent brevity in the telling of Katina’s back story, which sets the stage for the chilling events to come. When the resolution careens onto the pages, with stunning, hard-hitting suddenness, it is both surprising and satisfying.

Snare is Book Two of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series. Fans of the genre will want to pick up Book One, Staccato, and watch for Book Three to come.