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Book review: 'Lock and Key' is the right combination of suspense, happy endings

By Elizabeth Reid

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Nov. 3 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

"LOCK AND KEY," by Traci Hunter Abramson, Covenant Communications, $15.99, 225 pages (f)

Carina Channing is no stranger to perilous situations. In “Lock and Key,” book seven of the Saint Squad series, her Mafia family continues to invade her life. While this novel is technically part of a series, reading the previous six books is not necessary to enjoy and understand this one.

Author Traci Hunter Abramson does an excellent job creating characters who are not only likable but immensely enjoyable as well. Carina is a woman who has finally found love and wants to do everything possible to ensure her family’s safety. Bianca is a teenager who just wants to fit in at her new high school. Jay has found the love of his life and his loyalty knows no bounds as he performs his utmost to help Carina solve the mystery her father left. As these three struggle they also build lasting bonds that will forever unite them as a family.

Mormon sisters Carina and Bianca Channing have powerful allies. Some of their friends are members of the Saint Squad, an elite group of Navy SEALS and most of which are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These men, one of whom is romantically involved with Carina, help the sisters in various ways. When Bianca has difficulties at her new school, they support her both technically and physically. When it becomes apparent that a group of the family Mafia has tracked the Channings down, the Saint Squad steps in as both moving crew and tactical misdirectors.

The two sisters also have attracted dangerous enemies. Certain members of the Perelli Mafia will stop at nothing to obtain the key entrusted to Carina by her father. In the past, the Perelli Mafia has shown it is willing to murder in order to get what it wants. It soon becomes apparent that the lives of Carina and Bianca are in danger again.

“Lock and Key” is a clean book with no profanities and a kissing-only romance. While there are a few violence scenes, most of the heart-pounding moments come from the suspenseful writing.

Abramson, who is Mormon, is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a former employee of the CIA. The mother of four, she resides in the Washington, D.C., area.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. Her email is bizziereid@gmail.com.

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