Sunday, April 1, 2012

Caller ID by Rachelle J. Christensen, a Review

All right, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m pulling you into Rachelle Christensen’s blog tour for her new release, Caller ID. I’ll tell you how you can win a copy here on my blog in a minute.

Here’s a blurb from the publisher:

From the author who brought you Wrong Number comes another story featuring Agent Jason Edwards that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

When twenty-three-year-old Courtney Beckham is abducted near her home, the search turns up more than just a kidnapping crime. FBI agent Jason Edwards investigates the ten-million-dollar ransom and stumbles upon something he wasn’t meant to find. And when Courtney catches a glimpse of the caller ID in her kidnapper’s home, what she sees turns her world upside down.

I didn’t read Rachelle’s first Jason Edwards book, but not to worry if you didn’t either. This book stands alone. In fact, you will probably be as invested in Courtney as you are in Jason Edwards, so it won’t matter that you haven’t met him in another book.

Before I review this book, I need to state that I received a free copy from the publisher. However, that had no bearing on the kind of  review I gave.

What worked for me: Rachelle has a nice plot going for her in this book, with several twists that I didn't see coming. She does such a good job of portraying Utah in high summer that she had me reaching for the chapstick and trying to stay hydrated. Courtney is likeable, as is Jason, and the villain even has flashes that signal ‘redeemable.’

What didn’t work: Hmm. I’m ambivalent about the multiple points of view Rachelle used, though I don’t know that she could have unfolded the plot without them.  I think I feel that I would have had a stronger bond with either Courtney or Jason if I saw the whole thing through only one pair of eyes. But, I'm ready to be convinced otherwise. What do you think?

In any event, don’t let that deter you from trying this book. It would be a great light summer read.

You can win a copy of Caller ID here on my blog. Become a follower by clicking on the ‘join this blog’ button on the left and leave me a comment that says you’ve done so. If you’re already a follower, leave a comment saying that.

The thing is, giving away the book is a shameless bid for followers. We all acknowledge that. Followers who leave a comment here on my blog will be entered in a drawing. On Monday, April 9, I’ll have my grandson Jens draw from the hundreds of comments I’ve received—or from the three or four—and I’ll announce the award of the book on that day and make arrangements for getting contact information so I can send it out.

Okay. That’s taken care of.

Now, on to Rachelle’s contest. She’s offering an awesome prize. Here’s what the announcement says:

To celebrate the release of CALLER ID, Rachelle is hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camcorder (4GB memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes. You can enter to win between now and April 14, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified April 16, 2012.

Click on this link to enter for the Ultra Flip Video Camcorder.

Rachelle’s website is  You can purchase Caller ID at Amazon.

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Nana said...

I am already a Liz Adair follower and fan! Hope you draw my name for the Caller ID by Rachelle J. Christensen.

Liz Adair said...

Wonderful, Nana! Your name is in the pot.

Bonnie said...

Sign me up! I've had my eye on this one. :) Thanks! :)

Liz Adair said...

Great, Bonnie. Your name is officially entered. Hey, look at our pictures. We're wearing the same thing. We must be twins!

Lisa And Randy said...

I have wanted to read Caller-ID by Rachelle J. Christensen. I'm a follower and fan of yours Liz. Thanks for doing this give-a-way.

Liz Adair said...

Well, good luck, Lisa. Your name is entered.

Marsha Ward said...

Hi Liz! I'm already a follower, but please enter me into the drawing for Rachelle's new book. Caller-ID sounds as good as Wrong Number was.

Liz Adair said...

Thanks for stopping by, Marsha.I've added your name.

Joan Sowards said...

Hi Liz and Rachelle. I'm a follower here and hope I win Rachelle's newest nove, Caller ID!

Liz Adair said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joan. I've got you on the list.