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Kate Charles is an excellent storyteller. I enjoyed 'Evil Intent' the first book in the series and 'Secret Sins' is equally good. The plot is intelligent and compelling and the conclusion satisfying. The characters well drawn and likeable. The relationship between Callie - the church aspect, and Marco - in the Police Force works well and makes you want to know more about them. She is an author I will return to again. Highly recommended.
This is not a bad book. The characters are fairly interesting, the writing is pretty good. But this is not enough to keep the multiple story lines going. There is little suspense, little action, and not really any detecting by the detectives. While her romance does progress, Callie has nothing to do with either the missing person case or the murder, other than to support the missing girl's grandmother. Unlike the Julia Spencer-Fleming series to which the Callie Anson books are often compared, the title character in this one is incidental with no role in moving the story along. I liked the first in this series enough to read this one too but I don't think I'll bother with the Callie's next outing.
This is an example of a book that has totally lost its purpose. This author tries to tell too many stories, takes too many asides and if this was properly edited it would be about 110 pages. I was shocked. Save your time for better reads.