Northern Protector by Laurie Wood
Canadian police constable Ben Koper is still dealing with the horror of being attacked by a bear nine months ago that almost killed him when he’s thrust into a crime that mirrors a cold case. He’s tasked to both cases but fights his PTSD along the way.
When one of the missing teenage girls is left unconscious at the hospital, ER nurse Joy Gallagher is immediately involved in the case. She works with Ben and soon suspects his pain from the attack is plaguing him even though he won’t admit it.
Ben and Joy work together after a teenage girl is found murdered and another one is taken. Can they race against the clock and discover those responsible before the next abducted girl is killed?
Northern Protector grabbed my attention from the first page and didn’t let go until the very last page! This is my first read by Laurie Wood and I gotta say, I’m now a fan. Loved the plotline, suspense, romance, and characters. She tackles PTSD head-on as well as pressures teenagers face today. This is all done in such a believable manner.
I also like the setting of Churchill, Manitoba—polar bear capital of the world. The author has done her research as she puts the reader directly into the small town.
Laurie Wood takes you on a roller coaster ride of romantic suspense. Just when you think the ride is over, it takes another sharp curve and plummets! Readers will fall in love with this author.
I give Northern Protector five stars. Get ready for an adventure on the northern tundra!
**Book has been provided courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Meet Laurie Wood – a fellow Canadian Author!!
So many authors knew they’d write from the age of seven; well, I did win a couple of city-wide writing contests in public school but my dreams of being a writer gave way to the need for a day job. I was a municipal police officer in the mid-1980’s when women in Canada were pioneers in policing. I also had the privilege to oversee the development and run an overnight crisis shelter for youth in my home town. I was awarded the Governor-General of Canada’s 125 Medal for my contribution to my community.
My husband changed careers and the military took us across Canada and back again. He’s traveled the world while I’ve “kept the home fires burning” as they used to say back in World War II. While he was busy doing that, I was a finalist in the Kiss of Death Contest, the Jasmine, the TARA, and a semi-finalist in the Genesis Contests. And in between, we managed to raise two beautiful young adults with special needs.
We live in central Canada with one rescue dog and two rescue cats. If the house were bigger, no doubt we’d have more.