Jennifer Jeffries, a young Texan traveling in London, is kidnapped, becoming the victim of a violent assault. When she survives, the British detective in charge of her case needs her to testify against the serial killer who attacked her. Led by a tough ex-Special Forces sergeant with a warriors mindset, her witness protection team tries to support her as she prepares to appear in one of Londons Crown Courts. This British detective suspense vel moves from a realistic depiction of the female protagonists PTSD to fast-paced courtroom scenes to the difficulties that traumatized individuals face as they struggle to regain personal power. The Witness breaks new ground by showing the enduring effects trauma can have on a life. The first of a trilogy, this work of crime suspense fiction contains the same psychological intensity as Anna Quindlens Black and Blue, but while Ms. Quindlens protagonist endures, Ms. Kryskes triumphs. Strong, complex male characters make this vel an entertaining, inspiring, and compelling read.
Naomi Kryske graduated from Rice University, Houston, Texas. Following her husbands retirement from the U.S. Navy, she lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. The Mission is the second of her crime/suspense novels set in London, involving the Metropolitan Police, and exploring the themes of trauma and recovery. In 2008 she ward awarded a grant from the Melissa English Writing Trust for her first novel, The Witness. She lives in north Texas.