Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review" "The Chase by DiAnn Mills

The Chase: A Novel (Crime Scene: Houston)

Title:  "The Chase"
Series:  Crime Scene Houston Book 1
Author:  DiAnn Mills
Publisher:  Zondervan
Publication Date:  3/27/2012
Pages:  359
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description (PBS):
To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss's pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag? Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase. 

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

I.  Loved.  This.  Book!  I knew it was a mystery/suspense when I started it but I had no idea that it would drag me in so completely!  I stayed up way too late to finish it because I just couldn't get it off my mind.

The subject of the mystery is so heart-rending that I really, really wanted the Kariss and Tigo to solve the crime.  There were times that I wasn't sure if either of them were going to make it through to the end of the book.

Very, very well written!

My Favorite Character:

My favorite character was Kariss.  She was intelligent, imaginitive, detailed and very tender-hearted.  She was also very goal oriented.  When she decided to go for something, she was all in.  I would have probably been running the other way.

My Favorite Scene:

I had so many favorite scenes in this book.  One of my very favorites, though, was the first time Kariss and Tigo saw each other.  Notice I wrote "saw" and not "met" :)  I knew from the beginning there would be sparks flying through the whole book.

My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:
Kariss glanced around her, knowing she should back away.  But if she didn't go, Xavier would go alone and he might need help.  If she accompanied him, the possibility of danger existed.  She rubbed her lower back.

"What are you going to do?"  Xavier said.

How could she send him into a lion's den without help?  "What time should I pick you up?"

Page 297

It Would Have Been Better If:

I can't believe I have to wait until March 2012 for the next book, "The Survivor"!  There was a excerpt in the back of this book and it made me just want to keep on reading!  What a tease :)

I Would Recommend This Book To:

Writers, readers who would like to learn more about the writing process, reporters, cops, mystery lovers, unsolved crime buffs, those who want to read about a hunk of a man, anyone who has time to sit down and read this book straight through because you are going to want to.



On to the next book,


  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review! I so appreciate your reading The Chase and taking the time to include me on your blog.
    And The Survivor is now a February 2013 release!


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