Synopsis: Lacey DeVane knows her son is alive, despite what everyone keeps telling her. That is, everyone except the dead teenage girl on her autopsy table. Ryder Raynes and his devoted partner Joker keep themselves busy, not only with their private detective agency, but with Ryder's quest for revenge against the Devil's Disciples, the outlaw biker club responsible for the scar that Ryder bears. Summer Papadopolous is stunningly gorgeous, with a body that most men would kill for, but her heart is as black as midnight. She is the head of one of the worlds largest sex trafficking rings, and God help the man who lays a finger on one of her girls. Ryder and Lacey are on the trail of her missing son Micah, and when they meet up with Summer and her "family" all hell will break loose. When the two women collide in the Nevada desert for the body and soul of one young boy, the dry, arid heat will be no match for the inferno that will engulf them all, as Lacey fights to rescue her son, and Ryder comes face to face with a familiar stranger from his past.
Review: This was a February read for The Book Cove book club. I received this ebook from the author. Tears of the Innocent felt more like an action/thriller than mystery/suspense to me. I’m sure every author strives for a strong reaction to their book and in this, Seago succeeded. Once I committed to reading this book to the end, I was invested in the story line. I had a difficult time with Lacey’s character. At times she was relatable and I was rooting for her, and then she crossed a line in a “mama bear” moment that left her less in tune with her role as mother. There were decent “bones” to this story but the focus on violence, profanity and vengeance over shadowed the successful fleshing out of the plot. I wish the characters “showed” more than “told” their part in the story. The dialogue often felt more like monologue. The last chapter felt choppy and clearly set up the sequel (which I do not plan to read). I did like Seago’s first book, Voices of the Passed, and was disappointed in Tears of the Innocent. Work shopping this story with other writers or having an editor review it could help Seago hone his intended story and only improve on what he started.