Title: Gone Too Far
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publishing Date: 2003
Genre: Romantic Suspense
*Note* Do not even think of starting with this book. You must read the other books in the series first. Click here for the reading order.
Gone Too Far begins about six months after the previous book Into the Night ends, with the assassination attempt on the President’s life during a SEAL demonstration at the Coronado naval base. Tom Paoletti’s Navy SEAL Team Sixteen prevented the success of that terrorist attempt. Mary Lou Starrett, Sam’s wife, knows who the terrorists are and runs to Sarasota in an attempt to flee for her and her daughter’s safety.
Gone Too Far had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The action or suspense starts very quickly in the beginning, with Sam’s discovery of a dead female body in his wife’s home and no sign of his two year old daughter Hailey. He assumes it is his wife Mary Lou. Meanwhile, Tom Paoletti is being brought in for “questioning” concerning the attack in Coronado. He is in danger of being arrested for providing assistance to known terrorists, conspiracy to assassinate the President and Treason. So basically, the shit is hitting the fan. Max Bhaght, of the FBI, is called in to handle the situation with Paoletti and Starrett. Max heads down to Sarasota, which is where Gina Vitagliano is also staying at the same time. Gina and Max’s story arc first started in the book Over the Edge, and continues throughout this book, as well.
There is a quote from Linda Howard on the cover of Gone Too Far, which I think sums up my feelings perfectly. “At last! Sam and Alyssa’s book!...There’s everything anyone could want: action, danger, suspense, passion and tears.”
I was very happy for Sam and Alyssa to finally get their happily ever after. Brockmann gives the reader more background on Sam and Alyssa. Sam, I think, is more developed than Alyssa. The only thing I didn’t like was that Alyssa, at times, could be down right nasty and cruel to Sam. She would say the most vicious things to him, practically shredding him to little pieces. She would show him compassion too, but man, when she wanted to wound him, she did not hesitate and would hit below the belt. Sam is great though. I loved his character, faults and all. His back story is just heartbreaking. Then, at the end of the book, when he declares his love for Alyssa, it is so, so good. I just loved it. *Sigh*