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Irene Hannon is one of my favorite inspirational suspense authors, I dare you to put down one of her books once you start reading!
Have You Ever Read a Book by Irene Hannon?
I love it when authors effortlessly move between genres, and Irene Hannon does this with the best. You may know her as the author of the Hope Harbor series, inspirational romances set in a small Oregon town. Hannon crafts real characters with relatable struggles and questions of faith in her sweet romances. But she also knows how to weave together a masterful inspirational suspense story, too. If you haven’t read any of her thrillers, Into the Fire, book one in the Undaunted Courage series, is a great place to start.
Into the Fire (Undaunted Courage, Book 1)
By Irene Hannon, Revell, October 2023, 400 pages.
When Bri Tucker’s parachute fails during a smoke jumping exercise, her career with the Forest Service ends. But her extensive experience with fires makes her the perfect candidate to work in arson investigation. She loves the detailed detective work and putting together the pieces of puzzles.
Bri never expected to investigate a former colleague’s death in a fiery house fire, though—especially a man who took every precaution against accidental fires. Nothing about the scene makes her suspicious, except for the mysterious meeting her former colleague had arranged with her before the fire. When ATF Special Agent Marc Davis finds a piece of glass near the driveway, he, too, wonders if the textbook accidental fire might have more sinister origins.
As Bri and Marc work together to unravel the clues Bri’s former colleague left behind, they find themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other. Can their friendship turn into something more? Or will a killer snuff it out?
Why I Loved This Book
Irene Hannon’s fast-paced action grabs readers from the first page. Told from multiple points of view, readers will find the killer’s first-person point of view especially chilling. Fans of romantic inspirational suspense will love this white-knuckle, spine-tingling introduction to a new series. Readers will relate to Bri’s complicated feelings toward her father and Marc’s experience of losing his parents.
Readers who love books by Kelly Irvin and Nancy Mehl, you’ll love Into the Fire. If you need three reasons to read Irene Hannon’s latest book, here they are: well-developed characters (including the antagonist), page-turning suspense, and protagonists who struggle with forgiveness and faith.