Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll – Review.

About The Book

The heart-pounding thriller of a series continues as FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 companion confront the fury of nature—and the more dangerous nature of man . . .

In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Special Agent Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk—invaluable members of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team—have been deployed to Virginia Beach. They have their work cut out for them. Amid graveyards of debris, and the buried cries for help, the search and rescue operation begins. The most alarming discovery is yet to come—a teenage girl hiding in the Great Dismal Swamp. Shaken by the storm, she has reason to be scared. But this young survivor is terrified of so much more.

Her name is Emma—a disheveled runaway lost to the sordid underbelly of a Virginia sex-trafficking ring. Its leader has disappeared in the chaos—along with other victims. With so much evidence, and so many witnesses, seemingly washed away, Meg joins forces with Special Agent Walter Van Cleave to ensure no further harm comes to their vulnerable charge. They soon discover that this is no small-time localized syndicate. Its branches are rooted in some of the most influential powers in Virginia. Now as Meg’s investigation digs deeper, she’s making some very dangerous enemies. And one by one, they’re coming out of the storm to stop her.

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. It was good to catchup with Meg and Hawk again. In this novel they, along with the rest of the team are sent to help and find survivors from a hurricane. But they find more than they bargained for.

Living in a country where we don’t experience extreme weather I found this part of the storyline fascinating. I see it on the news but this novel showed how the rescuers feel and cope with what they see and hear. I have never given a moments thought to what a dog may go through, not finding any survivors and felt quite strange at how their handlers deal with the situation. I was almost reluctant to leave this side of the story and move onto the part that concerned Emma.

Emma, despite what she has been put through is tough and decides that she wants justice. But she is still vulnerable and I loved the way that she and Hawk bonded. It was hard to think about what her early life was like when she had no desire to return to it.

This series is very different to all the others that I read. The cases all feature heavily but so do the team members. You see their personal lives, how they deal with the job and how close they are to their canine partners. You see how important their families are to them, Meg’s sister, their parents and their partners all feature without over powering the storyline.

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