Fair Warning
by Hannah Alexander

Steeple Hill Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-373-78639-8.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 12/08/2008

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Christian

Hannah Alexander has released the Mass Market version of Fair Warning. This is the fifth in a series set in a small Missouri Ozark town by the name of Hideaway. Here, many people run to hide from life's ravages and find their way back to a comfortable place where they can start rebuilding their lives. But can you really run away from your problems, or will they follow you?

Young widow Willow Traynor thought she had it all—a loving husband, a baby on the way and a job she loved as an ICU nurse. Her faith in God is tested when her policeman husband is killed in a drug raid. Soon after, a deliberate hit and run causes her to miscarry a pregnancy. Willow, struggling to cope, quits her nursing job and moves to southern Missouri to live with her brother, Preston. A fire then destroys Preston's home and the police think it was arson with the clues pointing to Willow. Family, friends and even Willow herself are worried she may have inherited her mother's mental illness. Her trust issues make it hard to let people get close to her and she starts feeling paranoid—but just because you are paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you!

As an unknown stalker with increasingly violent tendencies gets closer to Willow, her courage is tested while new friends from Hideaway and Branson team up to help solve the mystery. The medical knowledge and skills portrayed, coupled with the very well defined characters make this a thriller that will have you identifying with the real as life characters. Fair Warning is one of the best written books in the Hideaway series and will leave you wanting to explore the places and people Hannah Alexander brings to life.

Christy Award winning author Hannah Alexander is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde, who live in the Missouri Ozarks. Their novels, set in imaginary Ozark towns, appeal to romance, spiritual, mystery and medical thriller fans. For more titles, visit the Hannah Alexander website.

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