The White Iris by Susanne Matthews
(The Harvester series, Book 3)
Publisher & Release Date: Crimson Romance, February 8, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Boston, Atlanta, Alaska
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Length: 318 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flame
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Time's running out for Special Agent Trevor Clark and his FBI task force. They're no closer to uncovering the identity of the Prophet, a dangerous serial killer who has been murdering new mothers and vanishing with their infants. If Trevor can't unlock the clues, the killer's threats to unleash what the FBI suspects is biological warfare could mean death for all of them. His only recourse is to swallow his pride and reach out to his former fiancée, the CDC's renowned virologist, Dr. Julie Swift.
Two years ago, Julie ended their engagement after Trevor abandoned her when she needed him most. Now, faced with the possibility of the greatest epidemic since the Spanish flu, she has to put her faith and her safety, as well as that of countless others, into the hands of a man she doesn't trust. Can they set aside their differences to stop the Prophet, and in doing so, will they find the love they lost?
From the streets of Boston to the wilds of Alaska, this thrilling conclusion to the Harvester Series takes several turns you won't see coming!
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I have been a fan of Susanne Matthews for quite some time, ever since I read Echoes of the Past. When I received a request from the author asking me to read The White Iris, in exchange for an honest review I immediately agreed. I have read the first two book in the Harvester series, so of course, I had to read the final story in the series. Wow! This is a hold-on-to-your-seat thriller. I could not put this one down.
Dr. E.J. Swift is a virologist with the CDC, and Julie discovers two missing vials of two highly contagious viruses. When she brings it to the attention of her cousin and fellow worker, the vials suddenly reappear. To be on the safe side, the mystery is brought to the director. He informs the director of Homeland security and he places a gag order.
The mysterious serial killer, known as “The Prophet,” is on another killing spree. Special Agent Trevor Clark of the FBI is desperate to find this vicious murderer. He goes to the CDC to tell them he has evidence that suggests this deadly killer plans to unleash what he refers to as the Great Burning on the United States. His ex-fiancée, Julie, suggests the maniac may plan to use either biochemical or chemical warfare, using an agent such as sarin gas or make a deadly new virus that could potentially kill millions.
As they work together, to at last capture the evil killer, they realize their feelings for each other are still as strong as ever. Can they stop “The Prophet” in time to save millions of people from this deadly, new virus in time and rekindle the love they have for each other at the same time?
Wow, just wow! The White Iris is a nail-biting, hair-pulling read from the first page to the end. Ms. Matthews has certainly done her research. Her details regarding the virus are incredible, and the vivid description of the slaughter of innocent young women is chilling. This is not my typical kind of story, but this book may change my mind!
This is a plot-driven tale with a good deal of romance included. While I enjoyed Julie and Trevor’s love story, what was most riveting and compelling is the thriller aspect of this book. The plot is so well presented, I’m in amazement of Ms. Matthews’ talent to spin such an incredible tale!
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a great thriller. The White Iris has it all, mystery, suspense and romance. I highly recommend this fantastic book. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. While it is not necessary to read the series in order, I do suggest you start with The White Carnation to fully appreciate Ms. Matthews’ genius. Happy reading!