Salt Island: A Thriller by Lisa Towles is the second book in the E&A Investigations Series, an intoxicating read that is sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Marissa “Mari” Ellwyn has been through a lot in the past few months, including a kidnapping eight months ago. She has learned a lot from her father, the spy, and the man who has technically disappeared for the past two years. It is clearly evident that Richard Ellwyn doesn't want to be found, neither by his daughter nor anyone else. But Marissa is determined to uncover the truth about his whereabouts, which is why she plans her own getaway to Tortola. What she never expected is a dead body floating in the water.
Darcy, CEO and President of a promising company, is being blackmailed by a witness who will stop at nothing to expose him for fraud. Are the blackmail and the deaths of two farmers part of a bigger, more sinister agenda? Marissa and her new partner, Derek Abernathy, are determined to uncover the truth, but the path they walk gets more slippery with every step they make.
Lisa Towles delivers a hugely entertaining read in Salt Island: A Thriller, writing characters that are intriguing and complex and a conflict that moves the story in directions that are unexpected. The writing is atmospheric and the well-crafted first-person narrative voice translates the emotions and inner world of the heroine vividly. This author has the gift of writing relationships that feel real and at the center of the story is the complicated relationship between father and daughter, a relationship that introduces the premise of this engrossing tale. This entry is a winner, a thrilling read for fans of crime thrillers and well-written sleuth; the multiple plot lines reinforce the suspense and keep readers turning the pages.