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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Raven Rain by David Stever, when Johnny Delarosa is hired to save the reputation of an ex-football player, Stan Shelton, little does he realize his past will come back to haunt him. Shelton's dark secret of being a regular customer of an escort agency is about to be exposed when a stranger begins to blackmail him. With his notoriety and honor at stake, Shelton hires Delarosa to remove the problem. Delarosa soon finds himself in the middle of a murder case as a young girl is killed outside Shelton's apartment block, followed by the death of the investigating detective. As Delarosa's investigation deepens, he finds himself entangled in the criminal activity of human trafficking and in search of the owner of the escort agency, an elusive raven-haired beauty with a mysterious past. Is Shelton capable of murder to save his own skin? When Delarosa finally finds the raven-haired beauty, he is forced to relive a painful memory from his past.
Raven Rain by David Stever is an incredibly captivating plot from page one. The author will take you on an amazing journey of twists and turns and shocking revelations as little by little the intriguing layers of the story are uncovered. Delarosa was such a likable character, fearless, intelligent and someone you definitely want batting in your corner. Katie was my favorite character; her courageous actions and sharp wit made me gasp and even laugh out loud at times, especially the nail gun scene. Every detail of this novel has been created with consideration and care, from the exciting plot to the amazing characters. The author handles the subject of human trafficking and childhood neglect with the utmost sensitivity and realism. This is an exceptional story with so many subplots that enhance the main investigation perfectly. The twist at the end is extremely powerful. A must-read for anyone who appreciates a great suspense novel.