4 out of 4 stars
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In the third installment of the Threads series, Kaylin McFarren brings together a work that will keep readers at the edge of their seats and wanting more. Banished Threads is an enticing tale that is categorized in the Crime and Mystery genres.
Chase Cohen wants nothing more than to prove his worthiness to his love, Rachel Lyons. Rachel desires to open her heart to Chase, but wants the approval of her uncle, Paul Lyons.
The newly engaged couple attend a formal celebration at Paul’s Cumberforge Manor when they arrive at Bellwood, England. However, when the very expensive Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from Paul’s gallery, suspicion automatically is placed on his wife’s missing granddaughter, Sloan. While Chase tries to clear Sloan’s name, hidden secrets surface, trust is lost, and the innocence of loved ones are questioned.
Right from the beginning, McFarren had me hooked. Though I have not read the previous two books in this series, the author brings enough information here in order to make this read a standalone. I easily flew through Banished Threads in two days and enjoyed every minute of it.
Told in the third-person omniscient point of view, the reader is the one that knows all and is left trying to piece everything together. The writing is flawless and smooth; the characters are well-developed; the plot is full of so many twists and turns that you think there can’t be more, but there is; and the overall presentation is wonderfully done.
Though there is definitely murder and suspense here, there is also the complicated relationship between Chase and Rachel. The two clearly love each other, but when Chase ends up leaving her in a previous book, she is left with uncertainty. The author does an impeccable job in displaying both of their insecurities, love, and hopefulness. I grew to love them and was rooting for the two the entire time.
McFarren can certainly tell a story and even though the closing of this book is well-rounded, she cleverly leaves just enough new information to leave the reader wanting more. Themes of love, trust, loyalty, and family are weaved in the story effortlessly and smoothly.
I cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed this book. It goes without saying, but I happily give this read a 4 out of 4 stars rating and recommend it to those who enjoy a well-written mystery novel with some romance.
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