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IN Defiance by John W Mefford
(Ivy Nash Thriller series Book 1)
Author John W. Mefford introduces Ivy Nash in the second series of the Redemption Thriller Collection.
A volatile hostage situation at a foster home reaches a bitter end: shots are fired, some die, some live to tell a sordid tale. In the midst of the anguish and confusion is one child who will bear the scars of this unbelievable turmoil.
As a special investigator for Child Protective Services, Ivy Nash lives by one rule: she’ll do anything to fight for the well-being of children. Anything. Something that was never done for her. As a “system” kid, she spent time in seventeen foster homes. Seventeen.
Very quickly, the facts of the case are blurred…accusations of sibling abuse, connections to drugs. Nothing lines up, and authorities want it all to go away. Their target? A ten-year-old boy. Unrelenting in her pursuit to find the truth, Ivy and her new friend Cristina uncover alarming new information to pinpoint who is at the root of the crime.
But evil knows no boundaries. Shock waves of her most horrific childhood memories erupt into the present, and Ivy knows that she’s in the fight for her life.
Part of the Redemption Thriller Collection which includes the Alex Troutt Thrillers and the upcoming Ivy Nash Thrillers. While all of the novels can be read as a stand-alone, there is a connecting thread in the Redemption Thriller books that will be unveiled over time. For a more fulfilling reading experience, books should be read in order: Alex Troutt, and then Ivy Nash. More series will be added into the collection within the next year.
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“Rife with deceit and deception and characters that leap off the page, this story is told with confidence through a sure hand, engaging both the mind and the heart. A compelling treat.” — Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
Books in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series:
Books in the Ivy Nash Thriller Series:
- IN Pursuit
- IN Doubt
- Break IN
- IN Control
- IN The End
About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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After the Alex Troutt series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ivy Nash’s story! The focus of the story is placed on foster care and after being in and out of 17 homes herself, Ivy is headstrong about fighting for the children. Mefford wrote her character with depth and you can feel her passion for her job throughout the entire book. Unfortunately, what is Ivy’s strength is also the very thing that makes her weak. When the police want to make a violent hostage situation disappear, she’s forced to open up wounds that never fully healed. In the midst of the investigation, the facts of the case become quite messy. I felt the pain of how easily a child slips through the cracks in foster care. Ivy makes a new friend, Cristina, who helps open doors to solving the crime. Looking forward, I can see a heart-wrenching moments for this pair and their journey with a broken system.
I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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