Sabotage by Anne Patrick
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (156 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe
District Judge Katie McKinley takes her career very seriously. No one knows that better than her old childhood friend and first love, Graham Bishop. Her ruling cost him his family’s ranch. So it’s no surprise when an attempt is made on her life that the sheriff turns his suspicions to Graham.
Katie feels horrible knowing what her ruling cost her old friend, and knows his outburst in her courtroom gave the sheriff every right to suspect him. But the Graham Bishop she grew up with would never harm her. Even when all the evidence points to him she refuses to believe it. Could she be wrong?
Katie is a judge who follows the letter of law when determining her decisions. Now someone is trying to kill her…
Ms. Patrick makes her characters very vivid and real so it’s easy to relate to them. Her female lead is strong, vulnerable, and still hurting from her husband’s death in Iraq. She is surrounded by loving friends and family and this story is Christian themed.
The author builds suspense by having the stalker send threatening notes to the judge and then escalating that action to attempts on her life. Ms. Patrick set the story in a small town where everyone knows all about everyone else, so the suspects list isn’t very long until she starts factoring in the defendants Kate has had in the courtroom. Several of them have threatened Kate in the past. The suspense then kicks up another notch while the sheriff and her friends check them out.
I liked the way the author created an old boyfriend from school as a suspect. She gives him an ex-cop backgound and he has to walk the fine line between proving he’s not the stalker and trying to help Katie stay safe. This conflict between Graham and the sheriff is exactly how it would be in real life. With no alibi, Graham was quite outspoken in court himself over the loss of his family ranch, so he makes a natural suspect.
There was an old romance between Graham and Katie and the author fans that flame to life again. Katie is conflicted again because she hasn’t had closure on the issue of her husband’s death.
With all the issues Ms. Patrick adds to the story, it sounds like life as it is and is an interesting story. All those factors tie together to come a solid story. It’s a very good read.