3 out of 5 stars
DEEPER THAN RED is the third book in the Red Returning series by Sue Duffy. Though this installment went a little slower, and was a little more difficult to get in to, I’m glad I stuck with it because the ride was worth the wait.
Liesl Bower had hopes that espionage, assassinations, and diabolical plots were behind her. But once again, she and Max Morozov are right in the middle of an international plot with explosive proportions. Not the likely life for a pianist and violinist, but here they are again, trying to figure why they are still targeted by a man that is supposedly dead.
Tally Greyson will do whatever necessary to get her mother out of the clutches of Vandoren, a man steep in mind control and the occult. When she finds an unexpected ally, Tally feels she has a chance. But when even stranger happenings draw the interest of the FBI to the medium community, she realizes her mother is in even more danger than first thought.
DEEPER THAN RED is so intricately woven together, you have to pay attention to every sigh and every silent glance. Liesl and Cade are wonderful together. And the secondary characters of Henry, Ian, Max, and Evgeny, add layers to an already multi-layered conspiracy. I did find the beginning difficult to get into, and with so many characters, especially with Russian names, it made it hard to keep all the characters straight. But once the story gained momentum it was easy to stay in the rhythm of the story. I’m not usually drawn to political dramas, but DEEPER THAN RED had the right amount of romance, edge, and twists to keep me interested.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available March 2014 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.