Sunday, January 05, 2020

Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman

About the Book
When cybercriminals hack into the US Marshals' Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses' personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness's help, as she's the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom's identity.

Trouble is, she's a witness under the care of US Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom claims he knows where the witness is hiding and will kill her, so to stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must work through their personal pain and learn to trust each other. . . . The seconds are ticking down before someone dies.

My Thoughts
I’m always on the lookout for new suspense authors so when I heard about this book I was instantly intrigued. The cover especially, drew me in with its bold colors and minimalist design it really is a perfect fit for this genre! Then I read the description and it was enough to reel me in the rest of the way. Sadly though this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations and I found myself uninterested in finishing. The premise was well done and I like the WITSEC angle. But the main characters weren’t very likable or believable as a couple and some of the side characters just kind of grated on my nerves. I did think it was interesting that the witness was an identical twin and there was definitely potential for some twists with that aspect.
Another thing I had some trouble with was there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary information dumped in the beginning and it kind of bogged things down plot wise.

So, this book wasn’t for me and I ended up DNFing it but I can definitely see how others might enjoy it and if it sounds like your cup of tea please don’t let my opinion dissuade you from checking it out for yourself!

Meet the Author
Susan Sleeman is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five romantic suspense novels with more than 1 million books sold. She has won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award for Suspense for Fatal Mistake. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts She has lived in nine states but now calls Portland, Oregon, home. To learn more about Susan, visit her website at

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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