Romantic Suspense Book Review: Deadly Target

About the Book

Title: Deadly Target

Series: Rocky Mountain Courage, Book 2

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

“Criminal psychologist Erin Larson's dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell's father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin's help to solve the case. She's good at what she does. The only problem? She's his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted--and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.”

My Review

Deadly Target, by Elizabeth Goddard, is the second book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series. A heart-stopping blend of mystery, suspense, action, faith, and romance make this book especially entertaining. With vivid storytelling that is rich in setting, characterization, and plot, this novel is absolutely gripping. Themes of truth, restoration, faith, courage, and second chances add depth to a story that is utterly captivating.


In Deadly Target, the Rocky Mountain setting adds elements of beauty and danger to the story. This setting, with its rushing river and forested trails, is essential as it enhances the overall sense of secrecy and danger. Abounding with sensory details, the setting is immersive and relevant.


Like the setting, the characters in this book are also compelling. As they work diligently to make sense out of clues that multiply following dangerous and difficult events, they show themselves to be determined and perceptive. Their insecurities are relatable, their motivations are authentic, and they are genuinely sympathetic in their search for meaning and answers. As solutions begin to reveal themselves, the characters also discover that hope, healing, and forgiveness may be available to them as well.

With superb pacing, the well-developed plot creatively discloses important facts and details. Plenty of twists and surprises slowly reveal the truth behind several destructive and troubling events. Page after page, this novel offers a reading experience that is thoroughly riveting and unforgettable.  


Deadly Target is exceedingly engaging and intriguing. Its remarkable setting,  memorable characters, and engrossing plot make it a special novel worthy of much attention. I sincerely recommend it to all readers who enjoy excellent romantic fiction that is clean, suspenseful, and meaningful. 


*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Elizabeth Goddard

“With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES--a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.” --Biography from Elizabeth Goddard’s author page on

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