Cascade

Cascade
Written by: Janice Boekhoff
Publisher: Lost Canyon Press
Month, Year: July 2018

A brief summary from Janice Boekhoff:
The men around Volcanologist Lenaia Talavera have a habit of dying. As she struggles to process the tragedies, she pulls away from God and her boyfriend, Paleontologist Travis Perego. So when she’s called back to Mt. Rainier and the small town of Mayim to investigate an act of sabotage, she jumps at the chance to avoid her problems and solve the puzzle. Someone on the mountain has tampered with the early warning system for rising magma, but who would want to risk an eruption that could kill an entire town?

Lenaia soon discovers that two women from town have disappeared. When she finds one of them dead on the mountain, she suspects the murder is related to the sabotage.

As she digs deeper, the evidence leads her to a deserted part of the mountain and an explosive secret. Unsure of who to trust and with time running out, Lenaia must stop a deadly plan before a killer buries the town of Mayim in a cascade of evil.

My Thoughts:
Oh. my. WORD!!!!

I didn’t think Janice Boekhoff could top her previous two novels in this series, Crevice and Created, but ohhh how wrong I was! Cascadeis non-stop action packed mystery, set in the wilderness of Mt. Rainer, with just the right touch of romance. 

While investigating some nefarious acts in a small town near Mt. Rainier, Lenaia Talavera quickly comes to conclude someone is sabotaging the area. But who would want to hurt her or the local town? And why?  When more folks turn up dead, Lenaia takes to the mountain to tracks down a hunch. But what she finds could put everyone in danger and she is quickly running out of time to put all the puzzle pieces together. 

I really enjoyed the depth of character we see in Lenaia. Her questioning of faith and relationships is something I think really made me feel like I knew her personally. I can relate to her trying to figure it out as she processes the tragedies in her life. I think that is something most people can relate to. I also like Travis’ pursuit of Lenaia. He gives her the spaces she asks for and yet follows his instincts when he realizes she might be in trouble. I really enjoyed their dynamic and relationship. 

If you’re looking for a suspenseful read filled with plot twists, mystery, and a romantic backbone holding it all together, Cascade is the book to read. What a fantastic way to end the Earth Hunters series! I can’t wait to read Janice’s next series – Jurassic Judgment. 

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Janice Boekhoff in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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