Audiobook, Romantic Suspense

Fatal Invasion by Marie Force

Fatal Invasion


Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Holland and her homicide team’s latest case is a house fire in an affluent area of the Washington, D. C. area where two people died and it wasn’t an accident. More ominously, they appear to be the owners and their 5-year old twins are missing. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Tommy (Gonzo) Gonzales is battling his own demons, spiraling downward following the murder of his former partner, A. J. Arnold, right before his eyes. His home life is in shambles and now it’s starting to affect the job. All this as they all prepare for Sam’s partner, Freddie Cruz’ approaching wedding.

This was a challenging case I found really interesting as it involved classic police procedurals, taking unusual and unpredictable turns as the homicide team investigated emerging clues. The one thing I loved about it was how they truly operated as a team under Sam’s focused leadership despite the many distractions. The mystery is my first love and this one had all the elements to make it intriguing but heartbreaking.

Another aspect of the series that keeps me coming back is the depth of character development, not only of the main characters but the host of secondary ones that enrich the stories. Gonzo’s story was chillingly realistic and gut wrenching; no corners cut, no glamorizing. I wouldn’t recommend reading these out of order (though you can) as you would miss out on how backstories are often reintroduced when they continue and become relevant again. It all just makes for a more satisfying reading experience.

I switched to the audio editions for this series after book #3 and am loving it! Eva Kaminski does a great job managing a large cast of characters and giving voice definition to some of the more prominent ones (notably Sam and Freddie) with distinction. I love this series and this story in particular. There are some stunning developments with far reaching implications. You’ll have to listen (or read) for yourself to discover the details without my spoilage. The author states in her acknowledgment that there is no end in sight for this series and I’m extremely happy about that, especially if they’re as interesting as this one and those that came before.

Book Info

  • Release Date: November 27, 2018
  • Series: Fatal #13
  • Narrator: Eva Kaminski
  • Audio Length: 10 hours, 40 minutes



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(I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

21 thoughts on “Fatal Invasion by Marie Force”

  1. Fantastic review, Jonetta! I love police procedurals, so I’ll have to check this series out! I hadn’t heard of it until now, but I’m pretty sure that I’d enjoy it! I’m definitely a series person, but I need to catch up with some, which is a series goal for 2019!!

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  2. Lovely review, Jonetta! This definitely sounds like a wonderful series. Guess what- I was offered a review copy of Who Slays the Wicked. I’m so excited! I know I should read from the beginning, but this may be the way to get me into this series. ♥️

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer!

      There is quite the backstory for that book (Who Slays the Wicked). I really, really hate that you’re starting from the end as it contains some serious spoilers for the beginnings of the series. I know I’m a purist about reading in order but the series takes quite a turn after #5 and major revelations beyond that. There are continuing story arcs, too, that will fizzle for you because of where you start.

      Hate to be such a downer but this is one of my most favorite historical fiction/mystery series ever and a lot of that has to do with the build up.

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      1. I really appreciate your thoughts, Jonetta, and you aren’t a downer at all. I will think on it some more, but I will say, the spoilers won’t be a big deal because I don’t tend to remember details (probably why I’m not a good series reader with the gaps in between).

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  3. I love this series so much! I have read and listened to various installments. Excellent review. The character development is key. Sometimes I don’t like Sam’s attitude though. I wouldn’t consider not reading them and the next one looks to be major in the overall story arc. Anne – Books of My Heart

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