This is the first Allison Brennan book I have ever read and it will not be the last. In fact, I've already gotten the second book in this series. I en...moreThis is the first Allison Brennan book I have ever read and it will not be the last. In fact, I've already gotten the second book in this series. I enjoyed the writer's no nonsense style and admit that I was surprised when she opted to kill off one of the primary characters. I hated to see it happen, but remember smiling to myself and thinking, "That's gutsy, girlfriend!" I did find it just a little bit unlikely that the killer was able to track down a victim that so closely matched Rowan's fictional characters. Granted, there was only one victim that was particularly detailed. (The waitress) Still, no matter how devilishly twisted and/or smart the killer was, the reality that he could find one woman with not only the specific name and occupation of Rowan's character, not to mention the right age and history seemed incredibly far fetched to me. I had to put my disbelief on hold to get past that part. Other than that, I was able to buy into the rest of the story with reasonable belief.
The romance aspect of the story was interesting at the start. The "which one will she choose" thing was just enough to make me curious, but not done to death so that I got irritated with it. There were a few moments in the story where characters had thoughts or asked questions that never really seemed to get answered. But then I suppose that kind of thing happens in real life often enough.
As a fan of the suspense genre, I admit that I guessed who the killer was very early on. It was just too obvious to ignore. Even before it was revealed as a possibility, I knew where the story was heading. Even so, it didn't cause me to put the book down.
I did find myself just a tiny bit disappointed in the way the inevitable showdown played out. Again, there was nothing unexpected there, but I really thought Rowan would be a bit more aggressive. Perhaps that's just my fondness for kick-butt female protagonists coming through, though.
All in all, I enjoyed the read quite a bit. As I said, I've already picked up the second book in the series and will likely read a lot more of the author's work.(less)
Sometimes, I really just want a fun romp that doesn't require me to devote too much engagement of my brain. This is why I like the Jack Reacher novels...moreSometimes, I really just want a fun romp that doesn't require me to devote too much engagement of my brain. This is why I like the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. This book doesn't quite reach that level of non-stop action. Nor does it achieve the wholly unrealistic yet absurdly entertaining level of unreality that the Reacher novels always contain. It comes close, though, as the protagonists go in facing insurmountable obstacles, being picked off like helpless newborns by unstoppable monsters before somehow transforming into warriors that develop the skill necessary to take down the monsters with the very same guns that previously had little effect on them. Still, I enjoyed the read and will read more in the series and by the author. As I said, I enjoy occasionally suspending my disbelief and just diving into a read that will leave me entertained and content with the inevitable "happy" ending. This book certainly delivers that.(less)