**spoiler alert** I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway. I was excited to get it because it sounded exciting, & parts of it were. Even though t...more**spoiler alert** I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway. I was excited to get it because it sounded exciting, & parts of it were. Even though the book had some good points & definitely a good outline, there were a lot of things that bothered me. As for the positive things, it was a fast and easy read. This was partly because I really wanted to know what happened. It had a lot of action, and the foundation of the plot had so much potential. It started out alright, the character development was nice & the characters were like-able. The relationships were well-presented between them as well. It was predictable in a good way for most of the first half.
The problems I had were several. First, there are so many typos it was a bit difficult to follow along. At first there weren't many, but then they got to be many, and it bothered me. Commas were missing, extra apostrophes were inserted, "surveillancing" is not a word -- the list goes on & on. Second, but the cover has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Sure, there's a bookstore mentioned a few times, but the protagonist doesn't look like that & I can't imagine her having that look on her face, except when she is being held at knife-point. The style was okay, but most of the paragraphs are three sentences & shorter. The book could be tweeted with no problem. I am guessing that is something of the younger generation, quick thoughts in a quick story.
In the actual plot, the story starts very well. We already know some of the significant events from the preview of the book, but there's no way that the FBI nor the police force will allow two people to run rampant through Oregon with deadly weapons taking vigilante justice into their own hands & killing at least seven people, & not so much as get a slap on the wrist for it. The idea of the trap that was set to bring the guys out of their hiding place was great, but it's not realistic for Avery & James to be let out there on their own. Their roles should have ended when Liam left the hospital. At that point, the agents would have taken over. The Sterling scene is complete fantasy, and what happened there was not even justice, it was a bloodbath.
Not only that, but I believe that the "other" side could have been more developed. At first we hear that Christian has some sort of tie to al-Qaeda, which immediately we (should) know is completely false. Then when it is actually revealed what group he is part of, it's in one of those run-of-the-mill I-am-about-to-shoot-you-but-let-me-tell-you-what-I-am-up-to-first scenes. This may be why it's not as developed as it could be, but maybe some sort of hints here and there as to the group's ideology would have been a good way to introduce the information in this scene.
Lastly, the cliffhanger is disappointing. We want James to be a good guy. We also want to think if he had anything to do with the murder of Agent Sutherland, then Sutherland had something to do with the death of his father. Otherwise, there's no reason for him to even have touched Sutherland. Of course, since it's a cliffhanger, we don't really know if he did. But what is implied could possibly be part of a plot that was ruined from the beginning.
Having said all of that, I really want to end on a positive note. The book had potential, & I think the author has potential. She might think about hiring a proofreader (I am available). She might want to get to know her subjects better, make things a bit more realistic. She might want to develop her narration. But she should definitely keep the spirit, the fast-paced action, & the character development that appeared in this book.
Also, Angela Laurie was definitely my favourite!(less)
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