Rick Gray is working as an undercover cop in Ontario, trying to pin an arsonist. He meets a girl he met on his last case, Ginny Bryson, who happens to be the niece of his suspect. They rekindle their romance, dragging along the baggage from their last romance. He doesn’t want to endanger someone he cares about. She doesn’t believe his lies.
Ginny has a mentally challenged sister, Lisa. Her alcoholic mother is being treated for cancer. Her uncle is trying to build an assisted living facility for mentally challenged patients, such as Lisa. Her father died in the military. Meanwhile Ginny is struggling to pay the bills, writing advertising copy for web pages.
“Deep Cover” is a pleasant read, but the author overkills the sympathy factor on the characters. In the first few chapters, when all the players are being explained, one wonders why everyone has to have so many personal problems. The mother’s cancer wasn’t really necessary, and some of the illnesses weren’t believable. In the end, the pieces add up, and each problem plays a role in the solution, but it would be nice if there was just one normal person in the cast.
Another confusing aspect is that one character has two names. The point of view switches back and forth a little too often. In some of the dynamic scenes, the characters pause to think about the past when they really should be reacting to the peril at hand. At times, the pacing is a little too slow.
On the plus side, the ending has a surprise. It uses all the foreshadowed clues, but is unexpected.
This is the type of book you can read for a while, put down, and pick up the next day.
Love Inspired Suspense, published by Harlequin
Sex level: just kissing
Religious level: a bit preachy
Available in large print