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If I Fail

(Jake Carrington #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got ...more
Paperback, Print Version, 278 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing (first published September 2nd 2012)
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Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
4 favorable stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a police procedural, and admittedly this is not my favorite type of mystery/thriller.... however, I did find this book interesting and the characters quite engaging....

Jake and his partner Louie’s relationship and banter was really the best part of this book for me.... I thought these men both as partners at work and as characters in this book balanced each other out really well.... and bonus they were both very manly without being complete jerks.....

In the first ha
Linda Strong
Homicide Detective Jake Carrington certainly has his hands full. Newly appointed to the title of Lieutenant with all the responsibility that entails, he's still working cases.

He has a stalker ... the sister of a woman who was murdered. He is still working the case, but he made the mistake of dating the sister a time or two. Sister is not pleased at all. And since Jake has since started dated another woman, the new lady friend is also being stalked ... but is it the same woman, or is there someth
Jenny Brown
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh Marian
Gerri Brousseau
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I Fail did not fail to deliver. Ms. Lanouette takes us into the relationship between homoside detective, Jake Carrington and his partner, and explores the tragic losses in Carrington's past. The story revolves around the investigation of three murder cases which keeps the reader rivited. One of the elements of her book which I really enjoyed was that of her fictious town, which really hit close to home. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can't wait for the sequel.
Newly promoted homicide detective, Lieutenant Jake Carrington of the Wilkesbury, CT Police Department, and his partner Louie Romanelli have several complicated cases on their hands. Jake is also dealing with a personal issue -- the man who was convicted of Jake's sister's murder is wanting a new trial and has asked for his DNA to be retested. Carrington and Romanelli are very busy interviewing suspects, chasing down leads, and reviewing case files. The homicides they are investigating include th ...more
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Thank you to Kensington Publishing Corporation and Net Galley for a free copy of this book in trade for an honest review

It’s a book that you could read during your holiday while lounging at the pool and don’t want to think too much. It’s got plenty of drama and romance with a background story of crime and mystery. More like a diary of everyday police’s life with behind the scene of after office hours. A quick read wit
Oct 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I want to thank everyone who has read Jake and his crew. I hope I can continue to entertain you. Marian
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love police procedurals, hunky detectives, complicated love lives, and ambitious criminals, then you must read ALL THE DEADLY LIES. Marian Lanouette writes about cops’ lives with an authenticity that is lacking in many novels. She brings “real life” into Jake Carrington’s life by having him juggle multiple cases and a personal life, and sometimes he fails. He’s human and misses dinner dates and clues, but he never stops trying to do what’s right. His relationship his partner, a happily ma ...more
Ashley Hite
I enjoyed most of "All the Deadly Lies" a new crime thriller series featuring newly minted Lieutenant Jake Carrington. I liked that the novel follows him and his best friend/partner's day to day activities working in the homicide department trying to close multiple cases instead of just focusing on one as most thrillers do. They specifically focus on two murders and are following the various leads. Jake is a well developed character with a tortured past. The relationship between Jake and Louie ( ...more
Joy Smith
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An authentically crafted detective story
In this page-turning, crime-driven novel, Marion Lanouette sets the tone for her detective series with complex characters that pull at your heart strings. As a detective, Jake Carrington is noble, dedicated, and caring. He relives the death of his sister, which led to the deterioration of his family, each time he works on a major crime involving a murder. In IF I FAIL, he deals with three separate cases. Jake's love for children and respect for the institu
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a debut novel, and it earned the five stars given. A murder mystery, several actually, a police-who-dun-it, romantic elements, great characters and great writing make this a book you really hate to have to put down. I've never worked in a police station, but the writing put me in there, listening and watching the detectives do their thing. Never once was I pulled out of the story. I really liked the main character, Jake, and his partner, Louie. If you like murder mysteries, you will love ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Couldn't put it down, read it every moment I could! Story was fast paced and the characters were so good. Can't wait till the next book to find out what happens to some of them. Mia and Jake were hot! hot! hot!
Colleen Blackstone
Excellent story from a debut author. Wasn't ready for it to end when it did!
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
This was a great read. It is filled with realtime police work, as the pair try to solve a murder, which swiftly turns into two. They are racing the clock, and they use every skill and resource they have to bring a killer to justice.

I liked that this books realistic. They were using everything they could to find the killer, but they didn’t suddenly do so and they didn’t find themselves using millions worth of kit that most departments wouldn’t have, so it felt down to earth. It was also interest
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc, kindle
I received this arc from Netgalley.

This was a pretty good read. It got off to a strong start. There were a few places that it became long-winded. The ending could have been better.
Diane Yonchuk
I received this this book through Goodreads Giveaway. First of all it is a police procedural, not a thriller. It wasn't bad, but didn't "rock my world". At times it seemed rather disjointed. I did enjoy the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could have been more. Not compelling reading.

A "police procedural" this book follows two police detectives trying to solve two murders. I felt the book lacked in depth character development as well as a smooth flowing story line. Writing was disjointed, POV changing multiple times, for no discernible reason.

I had actually given up reading it (rare for me) and picked it up again after a couple of weeks.

I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads book giveaway, I received “If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery” for free.
It began with a great opening that grabbed me and pulled on my emotions. How could I not continue to read…I needed to know the outcome? The beginning scene was set within a few sentences with a heavy sadness.

The day-to-day accounting of Jake Carrington as a detective whether at work or at play established a firm storyline. As his character unfolded the reader was presented with a pleasing
Doreen Ashbrook
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Jake Carrington is a likeable protagonist and the story line(s) kept me not wanting to put the book down. I did, however, feel like I hit a brick wall when I got to the end - it was very abrupt.
Virginia McKevitt
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My review of Marian Lanouette's IF I FAIL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Crime Thriller You Can't Put Down, July 15, 2015
By virginia mckevitt (New Orleans, LA, USA)
This review is from: If I Fail: A Jake Carrington Mystery (Paperback)
I really loved this book. This is a ‘who done it’ that grips you with the first page and keeps going. Lanouette does an incredible job in keeping up the suspense in this fast paced page turner that is a first in the series
Detective Jake Carrington has his hands full trying to s
H.K. Carlton
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I very much enjoyed If I Fail. I fell in love with Jake Carrington from the first character summary that I was lucky enough to read. The fact that he is damaged just makes you love him and pull for him all the more. Marian Lanouette writes in that unique way that helps you to actually watch the scene unfold before you. I could totally see this as an episodic drama. I enjoyed the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie immensely. It is a working relationship that is based on mutual respec ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received a copy of this novel as a firstreads giveaway so thank you Goodreads and Marian.

Marian Lanouette's debut novel If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery is a page-turner that gives you a view into the lives of the police. The story felt genuine as the characters, especially the titular character Jake, were believable and easy to relate to while the way multiple cases and Jake's personal life entwined throughout the novel made Marian's writing feel more realistic and lifelike than a simple
Gail Chianese
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jake. He's not perfect. He's got baggage that weighs him down. He can be a bit pushy and all alpha male at times. He makes mistakes. But don't you just love a real guy? He's also dedicated to his job and best friend. He's compassionate and filled with passion and empathy.

Mia is a great match for Jake. She's not going to let him get away with crap and isn't afraid to stand up for herself.

Marian Lanouette did a great job keeping the pages turning with If I Fail. Multiple cases to solve, a
R.M. Simoné
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hi Marian finally got my copy to read and put my feet up and got into your BOOK. Loved it. You do bring in this feeling of a 'real cop' like life and story weaves nicely to keep the read moving along with twists and intrigue. I VERY MUCH ENJOYED this....on going success dear and keep writing on. Can't wait to see more of how this follows up....on more of Jake... Love looking into a strong male character's heart that is real and has feelings behind a tough world he functions in. Roshandra warmly ...more
Roberta Lerman
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Lanouette is now on my favorite author list. I loved this book.
If I Fail is a page turner from the first paragraph to the last. The story is fast paced and filled with unique, wonderfully developed character's. The plot with its three murders engrossing. I loved the relationship between Jake & Louie and Jake and Mia set the pages on fire! Did not want to put this book down. I can't wait for the next one to come out
Carol Miller
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her debut book, Marian Lanouette, has delivered the goods! Won't be long before we see her on the Best Seller's List! In richly developing her characters, she makes me love them, hate them, or want to be them. The book is a riveting page turner that I most certainly did not want to see end! Thank goodness the next book in her Jake Carrington series is coming in January so I don't have to hold my breath too long!
Casey Wyatt
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this book really stand out. They are real, gritty people that I want to learn more about. In addition to not one, but three murder mysteries, the story delves into the inner workings of a cop's life and their families. I loved Ms. Lanouette's humor and snappy dialogue. I can't wait to read the next installment - Burn In Hell!
Good, I liked the plot and the way the reader saw the many cases the homicide unit dealt with. Jake is a very likable character and I loved the other detectives, especially the partnership relationship between Louie and Jake. I did not like Mia as much but that was because she was very believably flawed, while being a smart, independent woman.
Madeleine McLaughlin
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: who-done-it
I gave this book five stars because I liked the originality of not having just one case throughout the book but a few, which I think is like it is in reality for a police force. Jake Carrington is an engaging character, as was Louie, his sidekick.

The romance was a nice touch and there was enough mystery to keep me reading.
Brenda Clark
Good book

Good in terms of I was interested in seeing where the story was going, so kept reading. I did not like the sex scenes/descriptions - thought unnecessary. Also, did not think the relationship between Jake and Louie rang true. I enjoy Connelly's Harry Bosch books so much more. Can't imagine that I will read more of her books - sorry
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