Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seeds of Evidence by Linda J. White

About the Book:

Shaken by an unwanted divorce, FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern retreats to her grandmother’s Virginia island home for a little R & R. But her vacation comes to an unexpected end when the body of a young Latino boy is found on the beach.

Kit teams up with D.C. cop David O’Connor to investigate the murder with the smallest of clues—tomato seeds and acorns found in the boy’s pockets. Using plant DNA evidence, Kit traces the young boy to a huge farm where more than a killer looms.

With grit, determination, and a growing interest in David, Kit pursues her case and discovers that, to truly move forward in life, justice has to be tempered with mercy.

My Thoughts:

Initially, I had a difficult time getting into the story.  I think it was because Kit was written as a closed off, cold individual.  But once she got lost in the mystery surrounding the body on the beach, she seemed to change into a more approachable person.

David also was a bit stand offish initially, but as he got to know Kit he seemed to soften.  I honestly don't know if that was how these two were written, but that's how they came across.

The mystery itself was brilliant.  Not only did Linda introduce some amazing science and forensics into the story, but writing about the human trafficking issue was genius.  Story is a powerful way to shine God's light on humanity's worst ills, and Linda uses her creativity the put a human face on a tragic situation.

And the setting...I could hear the waves and smell the salty air.  I've always wanted to visit the Atlantic coast and now I feel as if I've had a small taste.  Loved the setting and the description.  Plus, the names of the locations were cool--Chicoteague and Assateague, both islands off of Virginia. 

I received a copy of "Seeds of Evidence" (excellent title, by the way--but you'll have to read the book to know why) from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

For a summer read, "Seeds of Evidence" is perfect.  I'd recommend this one.

Happy Reading!



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