SHORELINE by Carolyn Baugh is a
fascinating, captivating mystery thriller novel that you will race through
the pages trying to find out how it ends. While this is the second book
in the Nora Khalil Book Series it can easily be read as a standalone
novel. I did not read the first book before reading this one but I have
added it to my list for a future read.
Nora Khalil is a special agent for the FBI who is finding that it is
becoming increasingly harder to do her job. Between a very powerful
and controlling family, a somewhat distant boyfriend, and a demanding
job, she is spinning in circles. The book starts out with a somewhat
random bank robbery that does not take Nora and her team long to
realize that it is a small part of a larger scale terrorist attack. This
threat turns the town of Erie upside down with tension and uncertainty.
Nora and her team work their way through many violent acts that spark
a revolution that causes many obstacles for them to try to solve. What
do they want and why?
The characters are well complex with depth and very creative
backstories. Each character has their own role with a specific skill set.
Baugh has written an explosive novel with a roller coaster of a plot line
that has you second guessing until the very end. SHORELINE is a very fast paced, heart pounding read.
Officer Nora Khalil is a strong independent woman used to
navigating different terrains. As an American-born
Muslim, she loves her country and tries to honor the
traditions of her people, but feels that she must
constantly confront those who think she is alien.
Assigned to the FBI office in Erie, Pennsylvania, she
tries to fit into small-town America after a childhood
growing up in the bustle of Philly’s dark streets. A
series of horrific acts of violence are committed by a
well-connected group of domestic terrorists eager to
spark a national revolution. The town erupts in chaos and
the eyes of the nation are on these events. In turn, this
heats up the debate about the fabric of our nation…and
how those who feel disenfranchised by our new
multiculturalism are determined to take back their
birthright and, in their own words, make our nation great
Will Nora and her team be able to defuse the situation
before the carnage goes national?