“DEADLY TIES is Vicki Hinze at her absorbing best. Crisply written and fast-paced, DEADLY TIES is a can’t-put-down story of depth, faith and twists and turns that would put anyone to the test.” –Carla Neggers, NY Times Bestselling Author
“Deadly Ties is a compelling, suspenseful action adventure novel with a believable faith-challenging message not only for Vicki’s characters but for the reader as well. Vicki Hinze quickly captured my attention, heart and emotions in this gripping tale of pain, healing, forgiveness and second chances. I enjoyed the colorful characters and the sweet, tender and playful love story woven in the middle of this compelling powerful drama. I couldn’t put it down. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.” – Nora St Laurent, Founder of The Book Club Network
“Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze is suspense candy! This is one of Vicki’s best yet and is full of unexpected twists and turns that will have you up late at night with the light on determined to finish this book before daylight. The characters are real and will kidnap your heart. Read this book! (But make coffee)” –Freeda George Foreman
“I’m a newbie to Hinze’s work, but I assure you this won’t be the last time I pick up one of her novels. Excellent characterization and a compelling plot draw the reader in and never lets go. Every scene has a reason, every bit of character background has a purpose, but Hinze does a fantastic job of keeping it from the reader until the suspense is worked to the breaking point. The various storylines weave together seamlessly it what are truly Deadly Ties to create a web that entraps the reader in truly excellent storytelling.
“Hinze hits on tough issues, bringing up things such as a Christian justification of divorce, the importance of family, and the evils of human trafficking. Perhaps most importantly, the novel addresses the universal question of the purpose of pain and the importance of faith when all hope seems lost. Evil is unapologetically painted black and bold, making the redemptive power of Christ seem all that much more powerful. Deadly Ties is absolutely magnificent.” –Josh Olds, Fiction Addict
“Fans of Christian suspense will enjoy Hinze’s (Forget Me Not) latest thriller.”–Library Journal
“DEADLY TIES deals with evil, horrific crimes, and how the characters deal with their challenges and their faith. A suspenseful and unforgettable story.”–Romance Reviews Today
“You know you are reading a fantastic novel full of suspense when you cannot seem to put the book down. The way the criminal activity started a snowball effect was written brilliantly. Ms. Hinze set this novel with such a tone of mystery, romance, and faith that I was hooked from the first page. Even though you know most of the villains from the beginning, you get a chance to crawl into the mind of the madmen and it is a scary place to be. All I know is that when it comes to this series, I am captivated and cannot wait to see where the story goes from here.” –Danielle, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
“Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze is the second book in the series Crossroads Crisis Center. This story starts and ends with a lot of suspense, deadly intentions and surprises so buckle up, because you’re in for a story that will have you hanging by the seat of your pants (and chewing your nails to the quick!)! This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart…” –Five Star Books and More
“Put your seat belt on friends because you are in for a ride! Deadly Ties is a thriller/suspense novel with faith, love and so much more added in. Vicki Hinze has this way of bringing everything together that you get the whole package. This is the second in the series. The first is FORGET ME NOT. I encourage you to read the first. It will give you more insight into the crisis center and the lives of the characters of this book.”–Robin’s Nest
“Each year, nearly half-a-million women are trafficked around the world for the purpose of sexual slavery. Against this background, Vicki Hinze has fashioned a potpourri of depravity and trials of faith only she could juggle. DEADLY TIES, Book Two of her Crossroads Crisis Center series, is a roller-coaster thriller of violent twists and breakneck turns – from murder and abuse to human trafficking in an international conspiracy. DEADLY TIES is also a cross-over story that dares to examine a heinous crime most Christian fiction chooses to avoid because it is too horrible to think about. Not facing Americans forcing Americans into human bondage for servitude doesn’t make it go away. Only a short time ago, a party of three was arrested in Chicago for human trafficking. Can we continue to pretend it doesn’t happen any longer? “Vicki tackles this question by reeling us in to her novel like a patient fisherman with characters trapped in human dilemmas, thwarted love and quicksand adventure: a perfect formula for a riveting movie that, in the end, reveals the true drama of forgiveness in the pursuit of justice. “I’m not going to summarize the story because I don’t want to spoil the reader’s suspense. You have to read DEADLY TIES to experience its impact, but I think Publisher’s Weekly sums up Vicki’s gift best: She has a talent “for transforming the unlikely into something beautiful.” Truly beautiful, I would say. And worthy of a Christy Award.” –Bonnie Toews, Homecoming Vets
“Don’t start reading too late at night—you may see 2 a.m. like I did. I could not put the book down. Kudos to Hinze for shining light on a very dark aspect of our society.” — Crosswalk.com
“Hinze delivers a heartwarming, light-hearted friendship that develops into something much bigger than the both of them. You’d have to be blind not to believe Lisa and Mark will get married one day. The acknowledgement on multiple occasions that they will need time to experience life as a couple outside this horrific experience is refreshing.
Hinze did not tip her hat per se. The open ending without all the pieces in place allows the real-life process of not always being able to resolve, capture or provide clean, cut finality. It is a story in process. I, like many others, anxiously await the next book in this series.
The deep richness of each character is superbly crafted within each Hinze storyline. Although Deadly Ties is the second in a series and continues characters from Forget Me Not, you can read this as a stand-alone novel.
The reader’s guide at the conclusion solidifies the faith-challenging message and makes Deadly Ties more than just captivating entertainment. It will make you think and feel!” –Dale Lewis for titletrakk.com
“If you like Ted Dekker, you should like this one! Intrigue, suspense, murder, escape are all here! I like how Ms. Hinze weaves biblical verse and spiritual struggles throughout the book. And while there is romance, it does not take over the main storyline. Lots of action!”–PCS High School Library
“Vicki Hinze presents her readers with another exceptional and riveting inspirational thriller. She draws us back into the care of the Crossroad Crisis Center, and the wonderful group that makes it a special place. However, this time Ms. Hinze takes us on a dark journey. She delves into the world of human trafficking where each moment matters and it is the details that count. Lisa has faced trials in the past, but they have equipped her for her most dire trial yet. Mark understands grim situations, but knows that only God is going to be able to help him with current circumstances. DEADLY TIES sets a fast pace for an incredible tale filled with intrigue, faith, hope, and love. I certainly enjoyed being glued to the pages watching the action come from all players, anticipating how everyone is going to meet up, and wondering about the final outcome. I look forward to the next book in this series and having the chance to revisit these fabulous characters.” –Melissa Kammer, NovelTalk
“While romantic suspense is not my first choice in fiction, writers like Hinze, Terri Blackstock, and Robin Carrol keep me coming back because they touch on themes about the life we live from day to day. The good romantic suspense authors understand the trick to making these themes that are common to all us compelling fiction is through plot, pacing, and enough suspense to keep us wondering what will happen next while rooting for the hero to overcome the complexities of his or her life. Hinze has all of these nailed in spades as she reminds us – deadly ties might be hard to endure, but from them can spring ties of hope and joy.” –T.E. George, Unveiled/Fiction Addict
“What I found in this book was a whole new genre of amazing reads. The suspense and excitement kept me hooked and Mark’s old friends’ conversations were hilarious. The Christian message was powerful and encouraging in the Christian Walk. This book should be for older teens and up since it’s really scary and dark at parts.” –The Dragon Hold
“Since it had been over a year since I read Forget Me Not, I was very grateful for the excellent job by Hinze of refreshing my memory. Though this is a sequel, those that have not read the first, would have no problems picking up this one. There is some overlap in characters and the illegal organization NINA is again involved. However, the pertinent background information is provided while not spoiling the first book. Like the previous book, Hinze includes some really nice spiritual themes. Her application of Lisa and Mark’s numerous struggles were well incorporated and executed. The reminder that often times the difficulties we face are to prepare us for only a future God knows, was presented in a manner that was both encouraging and uplifting. It’s good to remember that God is always in control and even though it sometimes feels like He’s willing to help others, but not us, He’s still there, He still loves us, and from all sorts of evil, can come an abundance of good. –The Christian Manifesto
“The latest Crossroads Crisis Center inspirational thriller (see Forget Me Not) is an exciting action-packed suspense novel that is enthralling. The fast-paced story line focuses on female trafficking in which Lisa’s beliefs sustains her and give hope to the other three captives through the ordeal. Although OCD Dutch has no redeeming qualities while even Lone Wolf shows his humanity with his Angel and saving Annie’s life (after he took it), fans will relish Deadly Ties!” –Harriet Klausner
“Truly and unforgettable novel! Vicki Hinze has mastered the art of suspense and romance all in one book, Deadly Ties! This novel was a great reminder that even in those times when it seems like God has forgotten us, that is not the case! He has a wonderful plan for us and He can use events in our lives to make us into the person He wants us to be. We can rest in Him, even if we cannot see the big picture. We do not have to be “fumes-of-faith” Christians. He has more than “fumes” for us. We also get His blessings and His strength. Deadly Ties was such a great reminder of that! This book was right up my alley; excitement to the very end of the book. Deadly Ties is a suspenseful story with a ton of faith messages hidden and unhidden throughout for the characters as well as the reader. A cast of loving and evil characters all intertwined into one edge-of-your-seat story about a young girl’s life of pain and loss that she makes herself forget, but is forced to remember in her adult life. Living a life with a tormenting step-father who keeps her from her mother much of her entire life. The terror of this man and his contacts are way too much for one woman to handle. Can she better the future for herself and her mother by reliving the past? I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who loves the kind of book that you just can’t put down.” –Gretchen Schutter
“Wow! Deadly Ties has earned a place on my top favorites list! The first book I’ve read by Vicki Hinze, and I was hooked – I found it nearly impossible to put the book down! The first few chapters build up the suspense and tension, and then when everything lets loose…the reader is left reeling and hanging onto the edge of her seat! I know I am reading a good book when I continually sneak off to my room every ten minutes!” –Katy, Writer and Reviewer
“If you enjoy suspenseful romance novels, you DEFINITELY need to pick up this book and read it. A sequel is coming next year and I am anxiously awaiting it!! You will be too!”–Penny Henry, Gramma’s Book Reviews
“Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking. These are crimes that are happening in our country, in some of our own neighborhoods, and Vicki is to be admired and respected for having the courage to write about them with such realism. She does an excellent job delving into the intricacies of each. Bringing me inside the mind of the abuser, which I found quite chilling, and inside the mind of the abused, which I found to be very admirable, made me feel as if I was taking part in the story.” –Homesteading
“[I] have read time after time where the main characters go through a hardship and come out engaged and shortly after, married. Now, I understand perfectly that God can and does this in real life from time to time, however, what usually happens in real life is the opposite. In real life, the characters have to learn to cope with what happened, they also have to live as a real life couple outside of all the drama before they are ready to be married. Hinze allows for this to happen. Though it is obvious that Lisa and Mark will get married one day, they both acknowledge on multiple occasions that they need time to live as a couple outside of this horrific experience. I am really glad that Hinze built this level of real life into her story because it made it much more believable. If I had to give this book a score (1-5, 1 being horrible and 5 being great), I would have to give it a 5. Hinze did a fantastic job of keeping me on the edge wanting to read more.” –For What It’s Worth
“Well, the first thing I have to say about this author, Vicki Hinze, is that she is BRILLIANT! I absolutely could not put this book down and was drawn into the story from the very first few paragraphs of the first chapter! In Deadly Ties, Ms Hinze weaves a beautiful picture of love, courage, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God in all things. Mark and Lisa (main characters in the story) travel a journey that involves ruthless murder, emotional and physical abuse, kidnapping, human trafficking and cyberstalking. Those things don’t sound so beautiful do they? However, through this suspenseful story Ms Hinze helps the reader to understand the truth that “it’s hard to walk in faith when we’re in one of life’s long and dark tunnels. It’s easy to feel forgotten and lost and helpless and hopeless. But we’re not. In God’s own time, He reveals that to us, and rather than feeling forgotten, we know that He was right there with us in that dark tunnel, gently leading us to His light.” –Jennifer C. Mcilwain
“I usually Don’t Read a lot of Christian Fiction or books that doesn’t have cuss words or sex and full all out PDA and romance seems in this day and age its in everything tho Vicki has done it awesomely with this series and this book I am hooked on it the characters were endearing and hits a place deep in your heart I loved it. This was just an awesome series and I defiantly need to read more of this series and I recommend others do so as well.” –SiNn
“Lisa’s unconventional warfare with her masochistic stepfather–is extremely compelling and there are plenty of exciting twists and turns to keep the reader super-glued to the pages. One of the reasons I like Deadly Ties is that the romantic element of the plot takes a backseat to the heart-stopping action. Hinze also inserts the element of faith into the plot very well. Mark and Lisa grapple with the age-old questions, “Where is God when I’m surrounded by so much evil?” and “How do I keep a proper faith perspective of God when I can’t see beyond my own dark tunnel of tribulation?” The faith-related dialogue and thoughts do not have that feeling of being “tacked on” just to slap a Christian label on the book, but are genuine expressions of the suffering believer. And the overarching message of the book is one more people need to take to heart–God is good, no matter what the circumstances, and He is faithful to work all things together for the good of those who love Him.” – Kate, The Parchment Girl
“This is book two in the Crossroads Crisis Center series. I am always eager to read sequels, wondering if they will be as good, or better than the first in the series. In this case, it is even better. I literally could not put this book down. I was pushing to finish it before I left for work, and succeeded. Totally awesome. My favorite genre’ to read is mystery/suspense, and this author nails it. If Christian fiction was a ball game, Vicki Hinze hit a home run with this.” –Mark Buzard
“I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! A very suspenseful and action packed novel that held on to me long after I finished the book.” –-Kate Schwartz
“Vicki Hinze is a delightful author, who takes the reader on a journey of emotions. The characters are full of personality. Throughout the story, you will find life changing truths that one could apply to their own life. This was a new author for me and I will be looking to read more of her writings in the future. I would rate this book 5 stars and would highly recommend it to my friends.” –Sherree Elmore, Alabama
“I related to the reminder that God has a purpose for each of us and while many hardships in our lives seem senseless and sometimes impossible to bear, there comes a time when we can look back and see how they prepared us for His purpose. I believe I have finally reached that place in my life where I can see how the pieces of my past experiences fit into my present. If you enjoy action packed intrigue with a bit of romance, you’ll love this book. Although this is the sequel to Forget Me Not, I can verify that you will not have had to read the first book to thoroughly enjoy the second. This is the first of Vicki Hinze’s books that I have read but I will definitely be looking for more.” –Mary Russel
“…will keep you on the edge of your chair quickly reading to see the outcome. This is one hard to put down book that really delivers and one that you will not want to miss! Suspense with romance at its best!” –Kathy Warth
“Deadly Ties is an action packed, suspenseful novel that will keep you reading late in the night. Only by the grace of God, and many prayers can they endure the unthinkable in this love story.” –Little Homeschool on the Prairie
“OMG this book is like so good and intense. I don’t want to give too much away but man this is one hell of a mystery…” –Kimberley Gaines
“Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze was not just good-it was really, really good!!!!. This has to be one of the best ever suspense books I have read. What a storyline that kept you guessing and guessing the outcome. She’s a super writer.” –Vicky Gastineau
“Vicki Hinze does an excellent job of taking the reader on a suspenseful journey. She kept me turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. Even before I was finished with the book, I was searching for more of her books.” –Holly Jones
“Even though the plot is not something that would happen to your average Joe, the emotional struggles are something that other Christians can find themselves going through at different levels. This made the story more intimate for the reader. Instead of just reading about some crazy suspense story or some fantastical romance, we read about two Christians struggling to survive trials. It was nice that they were not super Christians who could handle anything without a single emotional response.” –Hollie Rushmeyer
“Vicki Hinze is a fantastic writer and I really like her work because of her way of developing the character – it made me feel so connected with the main characters of this book, Annie, Lisa, and Dutch. They were each unique and faithful in their own ways. I like how this book had a faithful element in it but wasn’t too overwhelming, like some Christian books can be.” –M.Y.
“…plenty of thrills (and some serious chills) while reading this book in the light of day. Despite the suspense, violence, and dramatic tension Vicki has placed God in the forefront of this story. It amazes me that very often, the most suspenseful and edgy stories have the strongest Christian messages. Vicki wrote that message very well, made it believable and made Deadly Ties a surprisingly uplifting story.” –Carly Bird’s Home
“Great Story! This author pulled you into the story right from the start. I haven’t read anything by this author so didn’t know what to expect. But this tale had it all, romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue.” –Love 2 Read Novels
“I am always eager to read sequels, wondering if they will be as good, or better than the first in the series. In this case, it is even better. I literally could not put this book down. I was pushing to finish it before I left for work, and succeeded. Totally awesome. My favorite genre’ to read is mystery/suspense, and this author nails it.” –Thoughts of a Sojourner
“There is a great message to the book that lets one know that God has not forgotten them even though they may think he has without it being overly preachy.” –Miss Lynn’s Books
“Truly and unforgettable novel! Vicki Hinze has mastered the art of suspense and romance all in one book, Deadly Ties! This novel was a great reminder that even in those times when it seems like God has forgotten us, that is not the case! He has a wonderful plan for us and He can use events in our lives to make us into the person He wants us to be. We can rest in Him, even if we cannot see the big picture. We do not have to be “fumes-of-faith” Christians. He has more than “fumes” for us. We also get His blessings and His strength. Deadly Ties was such a great reminder of that!” –Gretchen
” Could not put it down! Just when you thought you had read all the books that were your absolute favorites, here comes a new one. A book that leaves you yearning for more of the story. I loved the first book in the Crossroads Crisis Center series, but this one just topped it! Vicki Hinze is such an excellent author, and her way with suspense and mystery sets her high on my list of favorite authors.” –Cindy Loven
“Hinze dealt with the horrors of human trafficking and other contemporary issues masterfully.” –Musichick182
“This was my first Vicki Hinze novel. I am a sucker for a good love story and I love sitting on the edge of my chair in suspense, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this novel. She definitely delivers.” –Amanda
“AN AMAZING INSPRIATIONAL ROMANCE/SUSPENSE/THRILLER!! A MUST READ! DEADLY TIES by Vicki Hinze is an exciting inspirational suspense/thriller set in present day Atlanta,Georgia.(Crossroads Crisis Center Series). It is the sequel to “Forget Me Not”,but can be read as a stand alone. It is written with depth and details. It has romance,faith,adventure,love,friends,spousal abuse, human trafficking,forgiveness,trust,control,healing and second chances. The characters are believable,engaging and will capture your heart. This is a fast paced,action packed suspense,romantic adventure that will have you captured from the first page to the last. This is a powerful story of the beginning of love and trust entwined with a powerful drama of lost,human trafficking and pure evil. I would highly recommend this book to any one to enjoys suspense,thrillers,and romance. It does have faith entwined into the story but it is not preachy.” –April A. Renn
“Deadly Ties is a fast-paced thriller, packed with action and suspense.” –W. Burke
“Deadly Ties is a contemporary fiction mystery, CSI type book. I believe this is the fisrt book I have read by Vicki and I really enjoyed it, in fact I had a hard time putting it down! Vicki does a great job of of illustrating how even when we think God is not blessing us, He is preparing us for things we are not aware of. God is always in control and does not make any mistakes.”–Missy
“Each year, nearly half-a-million women are trafficked around the world for the purpose of sexual slavery. Against this background, Vicki Hinze has fashioned a potpourri of depravity and trials of faith only she could juggle. DEADLY TIES, Book Two of her Crossroads Crisis Center series, is a roller-coaster thriller of violent twists and breakneck turns – from murder and abuse to human trafficking in an international conspiracy. DEADLY TIES is also a cross-over story that dares to examine a heinous crime most Christian fiction chooses to avoid because it is too horrible to think about. Not facing Americans forcing Americans into human bondage for servitude doesn’t make it go away. Only a short time ago, a party of three was arrested in Chicago for human trafficking. Can we continue to pretend it doesn’t happen any longer? Vicki tackles this question by reeling us in to her novel like a patient fisherman with characters trapped in human dilemmas, thwarted love and quicksand adventure: a perfect formula for a riveting movie that, in the end, reveals the true drama of forgiveness in the pursuit of justice. I’m not going to summarize the story because I don’t want to spoil the reader’s suspense. You have to read DEADLY TIES to experience its impact, but I think Publisher’s Weekly sums up Vicki’s gift best: She has a talent “for transforming the unlikely into something beautiful.” Truly beautiful, I would say. And worthy of a Christy Award.”–Bonnie Toews
Scenes depicted that I could easily visualize but I didn’t feel they were gruesome.
“Vicki portrays strong leading characters that struggle with doubt and all life has dealt them. The spiritual element isn’t overpowering, but blends perfectly with the situations happening in the book. In the end they realize that God had been preparing them, through their trials and life experiences, “for such a time as this”. (I can’t remember if that exact phrase is used, but that’s certainly what I concluded.)
There’s a familiar cast of characters from the first book in the series, Forget Me Not, so don’t forget to read that one first. It’s not absolutely necessary, but you’ll love the book!
Overall, I think if you like to read gripping romantic suspense then this book is for you!” –duhpaynes