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***** Deliberately explosive thrill ride

Lisa Towles pulls readers into her books, and Salt Island is another thriller continuing private investigator Marissa Ellwyn’s adventure. Mari is a headstrong and capable character who is as secretive as her father. The random postcards from her father fuel her need to find where he calls home. She takes off to discover her father’s location without alerting her partner, Derek Abernathy, that her travels are taking her to the British Virgin Islands. Expertly crafted descriptions of the sights, sounds, and colors surrounding Mari make readers feel they are experiencing the stunning beauty firsthand. The ominous winds of adventure bring the parallel storyline of the threat to Jack Darcy, the billionaire CEO who hired E&A to find his wife.

Suspense builds when these two threads get superbly interwoven with realistic dialogue between Mari and Derek. These perfectly-paired diverse characters have each other’s back and portray an uncanny sense of one another’s next actions. Derek heads in one direction while Mari takes another, upping the uncertainty with the fast-paced acceleration of this thriller. Each page brings snippets of answers yet creates more questions allowing for dramatic twists and unexpected connections.

Ms. Towles is dynamite at creating an intriguing crime mystery with layers of thrills to keep readers engaged with heart-pumping action at perfect intervals. The characters are three-dimensional to fit with the storyline in unexpected perfection. The second in the series, this is a satisfying standalone book; readers won’t stop consuming until the last page—then breathe with relief. Salt Island is highly recommended for fans of thrillers and crime mysteries.

About the author

Lisa Towles is an Amazon Bestselling, award-winning crime novelist and a passionate speaker on the topics of fiction writing, creativity, and self-care. She has nine crime thrillers in print with a new title, Salt Island, forthcoming in June of 2023. Her latest thriller, The Ridders (November, 2022) won an American Fiction Award, and her psychological thriller Hot House (June 2022) was a #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller. Lisa is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers and is deeply committed to supporting writers’ success through friendship, fellowship and community engagement. She is Board President of a Bay Area nonprofit ( and speaks frequently to groups of business leaders and writers about her platform Strategic Self Care. She has an MBA in IT Management and works full-time in the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay area. Learn more at,,

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