Review: Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford

Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford
Series:  Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series (# 3)
Release Date:  February 17, 2013
Publisher:  Second Wind Publishing
Pages: 281
Source: book provided by author for review

One dead woman.
A missing child.
The diabolic father who will do anything to get his son back.
The female cop who risks everything to keep the boy safe.
CRESCENDO – Redemption with a Bullet
CRESCENDO is Book Three of the Steven Hawk / Inola Walela psychological suspense thriller series.

As the only female Native American officer on the Bryson City, North Carolina police force, Inola Walela, must always play her A game. All bets are off when during a routine traffic stop the passenger insists her son has been kidnapped but is struck by a car before Inola can glean any hard facts. An altercation ensues and Inola’s partner is felled by a bullet–possibly from her gun.On administrative leave, fraught with guilt for allegedly killing her partner, and obsessed with the possibility of a missing child out there somewhere, she defies the force and her fiancé, Sheriff Steven Hawk. Inola sets off on her own journey to find the missing boy.


Review:  Being the final book in the series I worried that I wouldn’t be able to jump in and understand what was going on.  My worries were unfounded however as this book stands completely alone.  Of course I would still love to read books one and two because I suspect that is where the majority of the romance between our two main characters falls.  Book three is more suspense thriller than romance.

If you enjoy a story with a lot of edge of your seat action, Crescendo is the book for you.  I was hooked from the first chapter and Ms. Ledford did not let go until I was finished.  Even though it was no big secret as to who the bad guy was (and yes I was able to guess it right from the start), the characters do not figure it out right away which eventually leads to a very intense ending.

My one wish for the story however would be that there would have been more romance between Steven and Inola.  Having not read the first two books in the series, I can only conclude that their romance heats up sometime prior to the setting of this story.  There was some romance in this novel but it really took a back seat in comparison to the mystery and suspense of the story.

This was an incredible action packed adventure that I read very quickly.  If you are looking for a story that will run your emotions ragged and keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further.  Ms. Ledford has certainly gained a new fan and I eagerly look forward to reading the first two books in this series.