Bella Quintera lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where
winter usually entails blizzards. Bella is intentionally
left on the side of a lesser-traveled road with a wrecked
vehicle during one such blizzard. She hides in the woods to
escape her unknown assailant, who wants something from her.
Hypothermia is starting to set in when a rescuer arrives
and the assailant leaves. But Bella isn't too thrilled once
the rescuer comes close enough for her to see that it's
Daniel Champlain, an NSA agent. Bella wishes she could
trust Daniel; however, four years earlier he destroyed her
father's reputation. And her reputation was tarnished in
the fallout, as well as any romantic hopes she had of a
permanent relationship with Daniel.
During a covert operation to uncover a terrorist cell,
Daniel, an NSA agent and computer code specialist,
discovers a message in an ongoing chat room discussion that
references Isabella Q. The name clicks for Daniel as
Isabella Quintera, and that lead points to the
Cybersoliders and a premier hacker named Lokus, a member of
the Cybersoliders, who claims to be a patriot. Daniel
believes Bella's father to be a member of this group. Lokus
has a darker side within the Cybersoliders group. Daniel
must put national security first and pursue his leads. His
gut instincts, as well as the message on the computer
surveillance detail, lead to Bella Quintera, or at least
back to her father. Daniel goes to Michigan hoping to prove
that Bella would never again be mixed up in something that
involved a national security issue and to search for Lokus.
He desperately wants to believe Bella and her father are
Someone is trying to harm Bella. Are they targeting her
because of her father, or because of herself? Daniel knows
Bella has information or knows something about Lokus, but
she doesn't trust him enough to share. Daniel loves Bella,
but he puts national security and the oath he took first
and foremost above everything personal.
In increasingly dangerous incidents, Bella receives a piece
of a jigsaw puzzle that she made herself as a hobby and
sold to a hobby store owner. Each jigsaw piece comes with a
message, and Bella works with Daniel to piece together the
puzzle of who's trying to harm her. She reluctantly must
put her trust in Daniel and shares the piece of the puzzle
he can't fit. She worries that he'll once again betray her.
JIGSAW moves at a fast pace with references to terrorist
cells in the United States, advanced technology and
interesting computer games. Many scenes take place outside
in the frigid weather of upper Michigan and reveal a lot
about the weather and the fortitude of the people who live
there. Nance does an excellent job of depicting both the
perils of Mother Nature and the perils of human nature, as
well as the beauty of the landscape and the beauty of love.
You're sure to enjoy this romantic suspense.
SHE'D PUT HERSELF IN HIS HANDS BEFORE...
Headlights in a blizzard, a car following too close, too
fast, left Bella Quintera wrecked by the side of the road.
Such reckless driving, especially in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula, seemed ominous. The identity of her rescuer
confirmed Bella's fears. Years before, Daniel Champlain had
been her lover, but the relationship was one she strove to
forget. The NSA agent's rugged good looks still haunted
her-as did his betrayal.
BUT NOT HER LIFE
She'd watched him destroy her father; now Daniel demanded
Bella listen. She was in danger. He wanted to know about her
new creation, about its implications for national security.
What she'd designed was worth killing for; but was a master
criminal truly after her-or was it Daniel, again pursuing
his ambition, thoughtlessly flipping her life upside down?
The peril was real, no game like the jigsaw puzzles she made
in her spare time. And this puzzle had missing pieces: the
ones that showed whom she could trust.