Monday, October 1, 2018

Burden of Proof

Burden of Proof
(FBI Rapid Response)
DiAnn Mills
(Tyndale House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-1496427052
October 2018/416 pages/$14.99

Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Read an excerpt.


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader's Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is codirector of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She's an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook:, Twitter:, or any of the social media platforms listed at


Whew! This book should come with a warning that it is not for the faint of heart! DiAnn Mills once again kept me on the edge of my seat with this spine-tingling novel, weaving a tale filled with unrelenting action, continued peril, and high stakes drama. Compelling characters bring the story to life, and while some are easy to love or loathe, numerous incidents make it impossible to ascertain the trustworthiness of others. The rapid-fire pace is countered only by elongated moments of breath-holding suspense, and the contradictory momentum is reminiscent of a roller coaster's pause before the plunge. This is not a book to read casually, mildly perusing a chapter a day, but one which will tempt you to eschew all obligations until you reach the satisfying conclusion. Place Burden of Proof at the top of your fall reading list!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from DiAnn Mills and Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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DiAnn said...

Thank you for your kinds words and great review!