Emotions Run High in Marie Force’s ‘Fatal Invasion’ [REVIEW]

House on fire
A brutal home invasion leaves behind twin five-year-old witnesses in Marie Force’s Fatal Invasion. (Photo courtesy HQN)

A deadly home invasion. Two defenseless eyewitnesses. A cop who will go to any lengths necessary to protect them. When faced with an unscrupulous adversary, does Lieutenant Sam Holland have what it takes to solve the case? Find out in Marie Force’s latest blockbuster, Fatal Invasion


When Holland arrives at the scene of a home invasion gone horribly awry, she discovers two bodies burned beyond recognition, both victims hands and feet zip tied together. 

Once her partner, Detective Freddie Cruz, and the rest of her team arrives, she and Freddie canvass the area in search of witnesses. But before they wrap up, she asks where Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales is.

No one has heard from him and she needs all hands on deck with this case, so she wonders what is going on with her absent subordinate. But she can’t dwell on it now, because she must focus on identifying the two badly burned bodies found at the Beauclair mansion. 

As Holland and her team follow the killer’s footsteps, she crosses boundaries she never thought possible. Her mothering instincts slip into overdrive as she resolves to protect the only witnesses they have: twin five-year-old children who somehow managed to survive the blaze. Determined to keep them out of harm’s way, she puts her job on the line to ensure their safety.

With Fatal Invasion, Force throws readers into action from the very first page. She propels the story with seamless character development and somehow manages to balance each character’s emotions with ease, never forgetting the fragility of the human spirit or the never ending battle each of us must wage between strength and weakness. All these emotional nuances are interwoven with the plot, even as Force juggles the case, Gonzo’s personal demons, Freddie’s upcoming wedding and Sam’s ethical struggle to do the right thing.

This is my favorite kind of novel. It made me alternately laugh and cry. It reminded me to reach out to those in need even when it isn’t convenient. Most of all, it made me examine my true north, why I must follow it, and why sometimes we simply have to go with our gut and examine the consequences of our actions later. Because looking back, we often realize we would most likely make the same decisions again. 

In much the same vein, she showcases Holland’s fortitude. Everyone she touches is confident that she’ll have their back. And that’s what makes her such an engaging heroine. On the outside, she’s tough as nails, yet beneath it all she has a soft underbelly that endears her to her peers. Here, Force once again proves why Sam is such a fascinating and compelling character, one which inspires and maintains such a loyal following.

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Marie Force is a publishing phenomenon. All together, her books have sold 7 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 29 times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Spiegel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

She is the author of several different long-running series, including the Gansett Island and Fatal series from Harlequin Books. She is also the author of the Butler, Vermont and Green Mountain novels. She also writes the erotic Quantum series under the name M.S. Force. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Visit her home on the Web at MarieForce.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on TwitterYouTube and Instagram. Find her on AmazonGoodreads, and BookbubSubscribe to her newsletter or send her an email at marie@marieforce.com.

By Marie Force
416 pgs. HQN. $7.99
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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

3 Responses to Emotions Run High in Marie Force’s ‘Fatal Invasion’ [REVIEW]

  1. “It reminded me to reach out to those in need even when it isn’t convenient. Most of all, it made me examine my true north”
    Wow! I love how much impact this book had on you!
    Thanks for being on the tour.

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