He’d find Kailey some day. One assignment at a time. One prayer at a time.
A cult took Ross Malcolm’s ex-girlfriend and baby daughter six years ago. He’s never stopped looking for his little girl … and now he has a sidearm, a badge, and a soul-deep commitment to protect the innocent. When the state’s elite Organized Crime Task Force assigns him to Smoke River, Washington, to find out why the death rate among children belonging to an obscure religious group is so high, he’s sure it’s going to be one of the toughest cases of his career. But first, he has to find a way in …
Julia McNeill is the daughter of an Elder and the almost-fiancée of a prospective Deacon in the plain church known as the Elect of God. Her future position is secure … except that she’s not sure she wants it. She’s never quite been able to fit in, to measure up in comparison with her dazzling sister, who married an Elder and produced two beautiful kids. It breaks Julia’s heart that her nephew Ryan is so close to death and no one can figure out why … but when she asks questions, the church leadership shuts her out.
And then a biker with eyes that have seen too much walks into the bookstore where Julia works, and everything about her life begins to change … including her belief in God’s ability to keep her and her nephew safe …
“A brave and talented author who looks at the darkness as well as the light.” Mary Jo Putney
“Suspenseful and intriguing, Grounds to Believe starts off running and never slows down. [Senft] expertly contrasts a controlling and demoralizing religious cult with the true love and caring of God.” 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick, RT Book Reviews magazine
“[Senft] has written an insightful novel about cults and religion titled Grounds to Believe. This book is one I found to be very interesting and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I was very impressed with Ms. Bates’ handling of a rather touchy subject. While this story is fictional, Grounds to Believe shed some light on the beliefs some cults have. I did not see the ending coming and was definitely surprised how this book was concluded. I enjoyed reading Grounds to Believe and look forward to reading more of Ms. Bates’ writing.” Sherri Myers, Romance Junkies
“Grounds to Believe had me hooked from page one—[Adina Senft] knows how to entertain!” Rosanne Bittner