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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Unintended Target by D.L. Wood is a page-turning thriller. Chloe McConnaughey is a travel journalist for the magazine Terra Travelers. Her job keeps her on the go and fuels her passion for photography. Life hasn’t been kind to Chloe. Her rough childhood is the cornerstone of her lack of trust. But her twin brother, Tate, keeps her life in a constant whirlwind of despair. When Tate dies suddenly in a car accident, Chloe’s anger sets her into flight mode. Needing something new, Chloe heads for the Caribbean on an assignment. Hoping for peace and contentment, she decides to escape her life by taking up residence on St. Gideon and becoming a “long-term tourist.” On the island she can breathe, think and pretend she isn’t a product of tragedy. Unfortunately her serenity is short lived. Tate had done it again! Even in death he stalks her, bequeathing her his legacy of mistakes. Out of control, lost, alone and running for her life, Chloe has become a target.
D.L. Wood writes an impressive first book in Unintended Target. The narrative is creative, full of action and adventure. Wood is a vivid illustrator, giving great attention to detail, penning vibrant location descriptions. She made me want to take a trip to St. Gideon. The characterization is enticing. Although written in third person, the narrative unfolds through Chloe’s (the protagonist's) perspective, her thoughts and emotions are revealed, allowing the reader to feel her disappointments, fear, pain and excitement. The heroine’s sidekick, Jack, is virile, mysterious, and has many veiled strengths which create a teetering balance between the two. The plot is filled with twists and turns, the expected and unexpected, adding excitement and flair to the fast paced action. Wood keeps the chapters short, and keeps the reader engaged with suspenseful chapter endings. This book is hard to put down. As a piece of Christian fiction, Unintended Target is not preachy or overly religious. It is, however, inviting and compelling, proving the best relationship we can have in life is the relationship with Jesus Christ.