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Striking Distance by Pamela Clare Review

Title: Striking Distance

Author: Pamela Clare

First published November 5, 2013

384 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780425257357 (ISBN10: 0425257355)

Rating: 4.1


She’s always been curious about her past, but she never imagined the danger that would come with it. Journalist Ava Collins has lived her entire life with unanswered questions about her family history.

But when she begins to dig deeper, she uncovers a web of secrets that puts her in the crosshairs of a dangerous enemy. Enter former Marine-turned-private investigator Jake Prescott, who is determined to keep Ava safe no matter the cost.

As they work together to uncover the truth, their attraction to each other grows stronger, but so does the threat against them. Will they be able to solve the mystery of Ava’s past before it’s too late?

About the Author

Pamela Clare is a successful author, known for her best-selling works in the USA. Her career as a writer began many years ago, as a columnist and investigative reporter.

She worked hard, and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Her dedication paid off, as her team went on to win many state and national awards, including the prestigious First Amendment Award and the National Journalism Award for Public Service.

In recognition of her work, she was honored with the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.

Pamela is a single mother of two grown sons, and shares her home with two cats. She writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense, with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Her writing has earned her a place as a two-time RITA finalist and a three-time Daphne du Maurier finalist for her I-Team series. Her love for history is evident in her work, and she even studied archaeology in college.

She has traveled extensively, living in Denmark for almost three years, a place that feels like home to her. Pamela attributes her love of historical romance to the years spent visiting ruins and castles in Europe, which have inspired her writing.

Editoral Review

In Pamela Clare’s “Striking Distance,” readers are treated to a thrilling and suspenseful romantic suspense novel that will keep them on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Clare is a seasoned author of the genre, having penned several other successful books in the category, and she does not disappoint in this latest offering.

Published on November 5, 2013, the book is a must-read for fans of the romance and suspense genres. The novel centers on the story of LAPD Detective Sergeant Scarlett Stone and Navy SEAL Lieutenant Brian “Bull” MacGregor.

When Bull’s best friend and fellow Navy SEAL is killed in what appears to be a targeted hit, he enlists Scarlett’s help in investigating the crime. As the two delve deeper into the case, they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous web of conspiracy and murder, all while navigating their deepening feelings for each other.

Clare’s writing is both engaging and suspenseful, masterfully weaving complex plotlines and multidimensional characters into a heart-pumping story of intrigue and passion. The author’s attention to detail and ability to paint a vivid picture of the novel’s Los Angeles setting are particularly notable, giving readers a clear sense of place and helping to heighten the tension and stakes of the story.

The novel touches on several important themes, including resilience, sacrifice, and the cost of serving one’s country. In particular, the book offers a nuanced look at the experiences of US military veterans returning to civilian life, and the challenges they face in adjusting to a world that often seems indifferent to their struggles.

While “Striking Distance” is certainly a thrilling and entertaining read, it does have a few limitations. The narrative can be somewhat predictable at times, and some readers may find the romantic elements a bit forced or clichéd.

Additionally, the book’s pacing can sometimes feel uneven, with some scenes dragging on while others feel rushed. Despite these limitations, however, “Striking Distance” is an overall excellent work of romantic suspense that will surely delight fans of the genre.

Clare maintains a tight grip on the story, effortlessly juggling multiple plot threads and creating sympathetic and relatable characters that will keep readers invested in the outcome. With its exciting story, well-drawn characters, and thoughtful themes, “Striking Distance” is a book that deserves to be on every suspense fan’s reading list.

Rating: 4/5

Recommended for: Fans of romantic suspense, military thrillers, and police procedural novels.