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Monday, June 10, 2019

Vigilant by Sara Davison REVIEW


Title:  Vigilant
Series: The Night Guardians
Author:  Sara Davison
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 346 pages
Publication Date: June 1st 2019
Publisher: Mountian Brook Ink
Edition:  ebook
Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  


She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.

Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.

Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.

Then children begin disappearing in the night.

When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.

Except for one.

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Main Characters

  • Nicole Hunter- waitress
  • Gage Kelly- lawyer that has worked on cases involving children that are abused and neglected
  • Daniel Grey - detective investigating serial child abductions
Dynamic: insta-love , love triangle



The story starts off with two little boys swearing to protect each other right before their drunk father comes home and hurts their mother before turning on them next. The driving storyline includes cases of abuse and neglected children.

Two of the main characters are directly involved in the justice system trying to protect the victim children. Gage is a lawyer who works in domestic affairs, he is overheard threatening a mother who fails to protect her children from her abusive significant other after she refuses to press charges. Gage's brother, Holden works in child services as a social worker. Holden removes children from unfit homes and tries to educate the guardians for reunification.

Daniel Grey, the other main character, is a cop trying to stop a string of child abductions. The criminal's MO has been taking a sleeping child out of their bed in the middle of the night without alerting their parents of the abduction. All of the abducted children have active cases with child services.

Nicole is a hardworking waitress at a popular local diner and the love interest making the story a romantic suspense. Gage came in with his brother for breakfast and instantly fell in love with the girl not instantly charmed. Daniel has a similar reaction. Being in a central location and privy to overhearing customer conversations, Nicole is uniquely positioned to help with the child abduction case, keeping an eye out for anything suspicious. 


Toronto area, Canada. Present day. 


I like the author's note at the end of the story: 
As a believer, how far would you go to obey the command in God's Word to take care of the vulnerable or in the words of King David, the weak, fatherless, poor, oppressed, and needy? If all legal channels have been exhausted and the least of these- especially children without a voice or the ability to defend themselves-are in need or in danger, at what point does civil disobedience become an option?

What did I like about the book?

Vigilant means to be keenly watchful to detect danger according to A more appropriate title may be Vigilante since the criminals of the story are frustrated with the justice system failing to protect children in extreme cases of abuse and take it upon themselves to do something about it. 

My heart really felt for the unknown children the characters talked about and I sympathized with the inadequacy to do anything about it.  Children are innocent and things that happen to us when we are young can have a lasting effect on the rest of our lives. For Nicole, being abandoned by her parents meant she didn't easily trust or let people in. For Gage, being abused as a child he suffered from bouts of depression that weren't always easy to overcome. For myself, being molested by my father even 30 years later my skin still crawls when I'm too close to men.

This is the second book I've read by Sara Davison (you can see my review for The End Begins HERE) both books really made me think about what I would do as a Christian in a similar situation. The author has a gift of portraying real horrors in a practical way, without sugar coating or minimalizing or looking the other direction.

What did I not like about the book?

I don't think this book needed to be a romantic suspense. The romance in the storyline doesn't really have anything to do with the story and could've been taken out completely. I understand Nicole brings the guys in the same circle but their jobs did that for them first. I'm not opposed to love, and I did like that Gage insisted on being married before any kind of sexual activity but it felt rushed and forced.

Date Started/Finished : June 8th - 10th, 2019


Recommend? yes

If you don't mind insta love and love triangles but enjoy books that make you think about the world this is a good book. TRIGGER WARNING: the book is about child abuse 
Rating: 4/★★★★★
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable. Definitely recommend and I like seeing it on my bookshelf or lending it out to friends.

Language level

content rating system
PG =  No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, some depictions of violence or brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking.






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