About the Book
Book: Breaking Point
Author: Marji Laine
Genre: Psychological suspense, romance
Release Date: September, 2019
The mere rumor of treasure can change lives, destroy friendships… even kill?
Alynne’s Stone’s planned out and predictable life ended when she hurried to her mother’s side to support her during a family tragedy. So why would she now have a target on her back? Her father’s death had nothing to do with her, but suddenly she’s having these “accidents”? How can she stay and support her mom when someone is intent on eliminating her?
Police Lieutenant Jason Danvers believes her father was murdered. How, he can’t fathom, but he also can’t ignore the details that don’t add up. Attempts on Alynne’s life must be somehow connected. Still dealing with the pain of his own wife’s death, he can’t allow an innocent woman to die on his watch. Especially one as scintillating as Alynne Stone.
Even in a small town, things—and people—aren’t always what they appear to be.
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About the Author
Marji Laine has completed seventeen years of homeschooling, but with her publishing business, her various volunteer activities, and her large family, she will likely never live a life of leisure. And that suits her just fine! When she does find spare time, she enjoys watching sports and Hallmark movies and mysteries, loves having game night with her family and friends, and enjoys talking “shop” with other authors. You can usually find her in her favorite recliner, plucking away at her keyboard with her rescue fur-babies at her feet or at www.MarjiLaine.com.
More from Marji
It Started with a Dream
You know how just before you actually wake up, you sometimes have dreams that stay with you? I’ve recently chatted with a lady who had a dream about her husband and woke up mad at the man without realizing that her discontent was from a dream. Dreams are powerful, amplified thoughts that can move us to unexpected emotions and actions.
Such was the case with me. My latest release, BREAKING POINT, actually stemmed from a dream.
I had a scene in my sleep of a woman trapped on the roof of a beautiful, three-story, Victorian house, having crept out the window of one of the second floor gables. A storm whirled around her, slapping her brunette hair across her eyes and into her mouth. She was afraid of something.
Then I saw the something… or rather the someone. A hand raised above the eave of the roof. A man’s gravelly voice, “I know you’re up here.”
Lightning flashed revealing the top of his head as he climbed onto the window sill from which she had escaped. His left hand gripped the eave of the roof, likely holding onto the gingerbread décor that laced the edging.
The woman had nowhere to go, no other place to hide. Thunder jarred the air and rumbled across the ground. The woman stiffened, but not from the explosive sound.
The man’s eyes appeared over the rooftop. “There you are.”
This was it. She had no hope of survival. After all she’d done to avoid this moment.
He leaned to his left to pull his right hand over the edge of the roof. A murderous glint filled his dark eyes as a smile stretched his lips. The barrel of a gun appeared, cresting the roof.
Then a loud crack split the night. Not thunder. The man’s smile disappeared as his mouth fell open and his eyes widened. He dropped the gun and grabbed at the surface of the shingles with both hands.
The woman had climbed up the side of the gable up to the top of it. The surface didn’t offer a finger grip anywhere. The gingerbread must have broken, giving the man no handhold.
With a prolonged yell, the man’s face and hands disappeared from view. A close lightning strike and the thunderous result covered the sound of the man hitting the ground below.
This scene, from a dream, was where the story BREAKING POINT began. It was actually the very first novel I ever completed. However, after no less than five total rewrites where I changed every aspect of the story except the hero, heroine, and the setting – the beautiful Victorian house – that scene didn’t make it to the book at all. Maybe it will find itself in a new story someday!
This book has been such an intriguing read. I think for this review I won't go into much detail about characters and events. I will say that it is a story that captivated me from the beginning. The author delivers a story filled with danger that never stops till the end. It is incredible how the story starts with a death that brings someone home to help a family member which then starts a chain of events. The constant death threats are unnerving and I think I held my breath a few times.
I thought I had the story all figured out, but I was so wrong. The author does an incredible job of leading readers on a chase to find the killer or killers and solve a mystery that was centuries old. There are a few characters in the story that I detested for obvious reasons. I loved how the author gives hints along the way, but just as you think you have solved the case, a twist is thrown in.
I loved the faith element in the story and this saying in the book was something I needed to read; "There's something so peaceful being with other women who share the same Spirit and speak the same language of God's love." One character will find their way back to God and understand the meaning of unconditional love. There is deceit, secrets, jealousy and hate that weaves through the story to make it a must read. The best part for me was when the story started to unravel deep rooted anger and greed that make people do unthinkable things to achieve their goal. Learning to trust and heal family relationships is very important to this story. Letting yourself get so caught up in work to make yourself feel worthy will almost destroy someone as they allow lies to control them. It is a fast paced action packed story that delivers a great message of how important family and friends are.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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