Burning Proof is Janice Cantore's second installation in her Cold Case Justice series. Detective Abby Hart and Private Investigator Luke Murphy are still left without answers regarding the fire at the Triple Seven restaurant that killed Abby's parents and Luke's uncle. It has been over twenty years and they are still left wondering what happened and who was behind it. While trying to make peace with not knowing, both Luke and Abby live their lives fighting for justice for others.
When an arrest goes awry, Abby decides she needs to take some time off. She hopes that some time away will her her relationship with her fiance and clear her mind of the frightening flashbacks she has been experiencing. During her time off, she agrees to help Luke and his partner with a cold case he has taken on regarding a ten year old crime. Molly Cavanaugh was kidnapped, raped and nearly murdered when she was sixteen years old. She begins to crumble as the ten year anniversary passes because her attacker was never caught. When Luke and Abby come to town to work the case, she is hesitant to believe they will be successful.
As the ten year old cold case collides with some of the people responsible for the decades old Triple Seven murders, everything spins out of control for Luke and Abby. Desperate for answers, they work tirelessly to find Molly's attacker and to untangle the mess of the Triple Seven case. Can both cold cases finally be solved?
Cantore, a retired Long Beach Police Officer, writes this Christian suspense novel with an incredible element of realism. Because she worked in the very same profession of her main character, Cantore knows exactly what she is writing about. The plot line is incredibly complex, almost to the point of being difficult to keep track of--but that's how police work is. It's not always easy to understand. The story can be slightly confusing because there are so many characters to keep up with, but the complexity of the plot will keep readers engaged. Overall, Burning Proof is a fantastic story because of its well-developed, complex story line.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.