Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7553-3

Don’t worry about me; I can take care of myself. My worry is always those who can’t. I need to protect kids from those maniacs. That’s why I do what I do, my friend. I want to feel useful, like I can help, you know?” Brinna explains in Janice Cantore’s novel, Critical Pursuit.

This three hundred and sixty-three page paperback book is written by a retired police officer who knows about abuse, tragedy and death working in law enforcement. With no profanity but some graphic descriptions of child kidnapping, abuse and murder, it is targeted toward mature adults. With discussions of Christianity, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

When Long Beach, California police officer Brinna Caruso was six years old, she became an abducted child. By God’s grace and protection, she was found and vowed to protect other children from predators when she joined the police force.

As a K-9 police officer, her four year old Labrador, “Hero,” has been her partner helping her track down missing children. Knowing that seventy-four percent of abducted children are dead within three hours, she is forced to relive her past over and over with every missing young victim.

When she is involved in a police altercation, she is separated from her beloved canine and put back on street patrol in the interim. There she is partnered with another officer, Jack O’Reilly, who is possibly teetering on a mental breakdown dealing with his own anger and grief of losing his wife to a drunk driver.

While both struggle with their pasts and refusal to believe God is in control of their paths in life, they race to track down the kidnapper of another young child with the same pattern as Brinna’s ordeal twenty years ago.

Wanting to maintain the Kevlar heart she has protected within herself all these years, Brinna refuses to listen to those around her when it comes to looking to God for the answers as she and Jack hunt down the perpetrator.

Although expected, this fast moving, suspenseful fiction keeps the reader on alert as the cops hone in on a possible killer through the streets of Long Beach to the San Bernardino Mountains, leaving plenty of options for future romance, action and intrigue.

This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.

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