Accused by Janice Cantore
(The Pacific Coast Justice Series Book 1)
Accused is an action-packed suspense novel with just enough police procedural to give it an authentic feel without being overloaded with information. The heroine, Carly Edwards, is a tenacious and believable female officer trying to come to terms with her recent divorce, the death of her father, and a demotion from the streets to a desk job through no fault of her own.
When the city’s mayor is found murdered and a young man is obviously being set up to take the fall, she gets caught up in a string of events that could be the death of her and the people she cares about. With talk of dirty cops and city council members, she doesn’t know who to trust––her ex-husband, Nick, least of all. After all, once a cheat, always a cheat. Right? But something about Nick is different now and she finds herself starting to trust him.
Accused is a story about hope and redemption, as well as justice. Officer Carly Edwards is on a journey of discovery, a search for faith and trust. The spiritual aspects of the story were knit in with a deft hand and not preachy. The character, and her anger against God for letting her father die and her marriage fall apart, were believable and true to life. I look forward to reading the next book in the Pacific Coast Justice Series to find out where her search leads her next.
I was given a copy of Accused in exchange for an honest review.