#AudioReview “The Girl That Vanished: The Emma Griffin FBI Mysteries Book 2” by A.J. Rivers

Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 5 hours and 48 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 2

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Sep. 16, 2020

Genre: Thriller

Ring…Ring…One call from her past was all it took to change everything.A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp.And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing.Disappearances, death, and tragedies has followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood.Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.It’s been months since the horror of Feather Nest.After the shocking revelation of the last case, FBI agent Emma Griffin decides to take a much-needed vacation.But a phone call from Sheriff Sam Johnson, a man from her past, completely derails her plans.A young girl has disappeared, and another child has gone missing.With the number count slowly climbing.Emma must now put her plans on hold, go back to her hometown and face some ghosts from her past.When a mysterious package appears on her birthday.Emma can’t shake the feeling that someone is monitoring her every movement.Someone is getting too close for comfort.The question is who?In the close-knit town of Sherwood, the truth is never as it seems.

A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together. She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing. Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance. When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.

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The horrors of Feathered Nest, Virginia left Emma Griffin with a feather in her cap for a job well done… and in department-ordered counseling.

Jake’s deception and betrayal have only added to the inner trauma Emma carries from her past. She’d probably be farther along in counseling… and recovery if she’d stopped trying to slam doors her therapist opens. But that’s Emma.

Vacation plans made to avoid her birthday get waylaid first by a party planned by Bellamy and Eric, then by a call from her past. Emma tries not to think about the young girl missing from summer camp in Sherwood, the closest thing to a hometown she has.  But when a second child goes missing, she can’t refuse a personal request for help from Sherwood’s sheriff. Emma just wished he wasn’t also the man she walked away from years ago, Sam Johnson.

There’s no shortage of suspects in Sherwood and Emma and Sam race to identify a kidnapper who becomes a killer when the body of the first child taken is found… and another child disappears.

As the case intensifies, so does Emma’s anxiety. Just being back in her hometown is unsettling and distracting. Staying in the family home where her mother was murdered, and which was the last place she saw her father brings back memories that clash with her recent assignment in Feathered Nest. A mysterious birthday gift and anonymous calls from Feathered Nest prove someone is watching her, but who and why?

While not at the top of her game, Emma Griffin is still a sharp investigator. I give her credit for knowing she is her own worst enemy and forgive her for the self-indulgent pity party and repeated flashes of arrogance because she rises to the occasion and faces down old fears to unmask a killer motivated by arrogance and selfishness.

Though wonky in a few places that left me with questions, I enjoyed The Girl That Vanished. AJ Rivers delivers another well-written, fast-paced work of suspense with excellent narration.

Enjoy!

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#AudioReview “The Girl in Cabin 13: The Emma Griffin FBI Mysteries Book 1” by A.J. Rivers

Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 1

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Aug. 15, 2020

Genre: Thriller

Knock…knock…When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man’s hand, she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood.FBI Agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.To Emma, there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In cabin 13, there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly, her worlds collide.With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising.The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either, she reveals them or risk them claiming her, too.In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems. The girl in cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own.

A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together. She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing. Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance. When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.

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Claire Duncan is a multi-award winning actress living in NYC. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and in national tours, and appeared in the Drama Desk nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She has played the lead in a dozen films, and received a Best Actress Award for her work as Rosetta in the dark comedy Rosetta’s Blues, which debuted at Cannes. As a singer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured the country as a travel host with Visit The USA. Claire’s broad career has shaped her into an exceptional and flexible voice artist. You can hear her on Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, in hundreds of national commercials, and in over thirty audiobooks. “Claire Duncan was a dynamo” – New York Stage Review “Simply side-splitting… a terrific comedic actress” – Show Business Weekly Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

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In another century, I wanted to go into law enforcement. My mom put her foot down—which was so much worse than Daddy putting his foot down—and said it wasn’t going to happen because 1) a profession where I’d be shot at was out of the question, and 2) my obstinance would make people want to shoot at me! HA!

I recalled that conversation after the opening of The Girl in Cabin 13. Her dogged determination to make a suspect confess—and her righteous indignation—lead Emma Griffin to almost blowing an undercover FBI operation, and I have no doubt her captain would have loved to shoot her! HA! But instead, Emma finds herself chained to desk duty for six months.

An opportunity for redemption sends the young agent to Feathered Nest, Virginia. The sleepy, isolated town has the distinction of being the site of two murders and eight missing persons in the last two years and also has a small police force slow to reach out for assistance. Emma is sent in undercover to gather info and potential leads and report back to her team.

Of course, she has other plans.

With dead bodies on front porches, desiccated graves, and illicit affairs, this read has plenty of action, suspense, and plot twists. It also has a distracted heroine.

Emma’s past is never far from her thoughts. The frequent moves during her childhood, followed by the murder of her ballerina mother and later, the disappearance of first her father then her ex-boyfriend haunt and hinder Emma. Yet, her sad family saga is the reason she joined the FBI, though I’m not sure how she passed the psych tests! HA!

Despite far too many poor decisions, I liked Emma Griffin. She is sharp, strong, and confident. She respects her training even if she doesn’t always follow procedures. Underestimated by her male colleagues, I believe Emma works harder to prove her worthiness to herself than anyone else… not always a good thing.  

Unfortunately, her confidence has a touch of arrogance that does not look good on her. Inserting herself into the local investigation causes Emma to focus in on a suspect too early, make her short-sighted, and leave her blind to the truth, and a pitiful, but psychotic serial killer.

The narrator did an excellent job of matching the pace of the story, keeping the suspense heightened, and keeping me in the moment.

Enjoy!

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#Review “The Thief’s Betrayal” by Cassondra Benton

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Fantasy Fiction

Date Published: February 4, 2019

Publisher: Rebel Press

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4/5 stars!

Ironically, this fantasy begins with scenes mirroring current events.

Agitation, ambivalent leadership, and power struggles have led to civil unrest and rioting devastates a town. Arriving too late to intervene and save lives, Kingsman, the head of the King’s guard, blames himself for the carnage.

Finding Kira, a six-year-old girl orphaned by the riots, he takes the child and raises her as his own.

Fifteen years later, Kingsman has left the palace and leads the guild, a small band of thieves for hire. They take their profession seriously and train with military-like precision. And Kira is one of them. They are also her family and she will do anything to protect them.

Random murders begin to occur in the village and blame falls on the guild. Kira knows her family well—they raised her. Yes, they are thieves, but not killers. Her frustration grows as the murders continue and the guild has bounties placed on their heads… and they’re targeted by unknown assassins.

Kira’s instincts lead her to suspect the two newest guild members—Russell and Pierceton. She loathes them both, but before she can find evidence of their betrayal, Russell is murdered and Pierceton disappears.

Determined to find out who is behind the murders and the attempts on her family’s lives, Kira’s journey to clear their names will lead her to a town where anything is available for a price… even murder; to the royal palace and the chambers of the King and Queen, and to the love of two men; one she doesn’t trust and one she’s afraid to love.

The Thief’s Betrayal has strong protagonists and supporting characters. There is honor among thieves. And trust and loyalty. However, Kira may find out truth is one quality her family is lacking.

Kingsman and the guild raised Kira well and she is as strong and honorable as they are. Sometimes her confidence contains too much ego and leads her to make poor decisions or act in haste, and she curses herself for her lapse in judgment.

I enjoyed this read. However, I do admit to wanting to skim about three-quarters of the way through. It dragged for me with redundant scenes of internal thoughts, and there were scenes which were never explained enough for me, but the deceptions and plot twists leading to the story’s climax kept me reading.

Fantasy lovers will enjoy Kira’s story… and find out what Nightlock is.

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Someone is murdering the citizens of Kira’s village, and her fellow thieves are being blamed. Desperate to clear their names and restore the reputation of the guild, Kira embarks on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the palace and enlist the help of the king and queen.

One man stands in her way, Chaol, the head guard, who threatens to steal the thief’s heart.

And he’s not the only one. Her childhood crush on Badrick might finally be developing into something more than friendship. But only if they can figure out who is threatening to kill them before it is too late.

Kira wants to trust Kingsman, the man who took her in and raised her as his own, but she is starting to wonder if he has been lying to her all along.

Can the three men closest to her keep Kira safe long enough for her to carry out her plan to save the village? Or will the secrets they have kept from her destroy her happiness—and her life—before she has a chance to clear her name and prove the innocence of those she cares about the most?

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When Cassondra was growing up, if she wasn’t competing in sports, she was usually writing, reading, or drawing. It wasn’t long before she formed an addiction to the thrills of fantasy, which led her to write her debut novel, The Thief’s Betrayal.

Cassondra is currently attending college. She was born and raised in Southern California where she lives in a home overflowing with books.

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#Review “Murder on the Mountain (Marshall Brothers #1)” by Carolyn LaRoche

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Title: Murder on the Mountain
Series: Marshall Brothers Book #1
Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2020

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4/5 Stars

Investigative reporter Emma Thomas is on a mission to revive her career and reclaim her life… and her dignity. Using the information from an anonymous informant, all she needs is to get photos of a suspected drop location in her hometown of Staunton, Virginia to give her drug trafficking expose the weight it needs to get her back in the game.

She finds the drop spot in the woods but instead of finding drugs, Emma witnesses a murder, and the baddies intend for her to be the next victim.

Her dash to safety leads Emma to former best friend and first crush, Detective Adam Marshall. A misunderstanding and tragedy have kept them apart for over a decade, but time and distance hasn’t changed their hearts. Death threats and more attempts on Emma’s life could be the catalysts to force Adam to choose which he’s willing to sacrifice—his career or the life of the woman he’s loved since grade school.

Adam Marshall is the nice guy/everyman trying to be a decent cop and get through each day. He focuses on his career to forget everything he’s lost and avoid the guilt for the parts he played.

Emma left Staunton for the same reasons, but despite them both moving on, they’re still weighed down by the past. Honestly, these two have enough baggage and drama between them to fill an Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production. Their banter got annoying for me in a few spots because they were talking without really saying anything.

I felt bad for Adam with the love of his life stumbling into a case he’s been working on for months. He has to admit things to himself he wasn’t ready for. I’m not too quick to extend the same grace to Emma. She annoyed me. With all they’ve both gone through together and apart, neither of them did anything “wrong,” but she was too confrontational for me, looking to argue with Adam over anything. Trying to mask her true feelings? Perhaps. But it led her to make too many dangerous decisions and took her far too long to understand the gravity of their situation. One minute she was, “I could die today,” and the next, “But what about my story?” Meh.

But liking characters isn’t required to enjoy a story. Murder on the Mountain is an enjoyable read with a solid plot. Tensions and emotions run high when the chief villain is exposed and it’s not clear who will live to see another day.

My favorite scenes: Emma in the closet; and Pablo in the closet. HA! Don’t ask, just grab this one today.

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Emma Thomas hasn’t been home in years. Only back in Staunton for a few months, she plans to put her investigative reporter skills to use in exposing the trafficking group using her peaceful, idyllic hometown to move drugs. But when she stumbles onto more than drugs, bullets start flying and she has to ask the one person she left Virginia to avoid for help.

Detective Adam Marshall has been working this cartel case for months. On the precipice of breaking the organization wide open, he can’t believe the one woman he’d never been able to get over now holds the key to closing his case. His head warns him to steer clear, but his heart won’t let him walk away when Emma’s life is on the line.

Thrown together by chance after so many years, Adam and Emma work together to break the biggest case of both of their careers and heal some old wounds in the process. Falling in love wasn’t on the docket for either of them, but things don’t always go as planned.

 

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#Review “Lascivious Luca” by Anne Marie Citro

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Savage’s Buck and Doe #2

Adult Romance

Date Published: March 3rd, 2019

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4/5 Stars!

Though a contemporary romance, at its heart Lascivious Luca is about the strength, power, and love of family.

The four remaining Savage brothers pull together after losing their father, Shawn, and oldest brother, Marcelo, in a mass shooting to complete the bed and breakfast their father started for their mother. Half-Italian by parentage, the hot-blooded, boisterous brothers are one hundred percent Italian in personality.

And they’re protective. To them, Mi Famiglia is everything and their protection extends not only to each other and their mother but also to Emmy (Evangeline)—the woman Sabastian Savage is falling in love with—and her grandfather, Reece, Marcelo’s best friend… and now to his sister, Brooklyn. The sister they never knew he had.

Middle son, Luca, doesn’t know what to make of the shy, quiet, auburn-haired beauty. She works as a waitress at her brother’s gentlemen’s club, and every time he opens his mouth he says the wrong thing. Then he learns why she’s quiet… and withdrawn.

Still holding in his grief from losing his family members, Luca needs a friend outside of his loud, loving, but intrusive family and believes Brooklyn can be that friend. The two grow close, but not without danger, tragedy, and more loss threatening to rip them apart. As Reece had said, “Brooklyn attracts bad luck.”

Strong characters made this an intense read. Though the suspense isn’t quite as edgy as I would have liked, emotions ran high and deep through the read.

Luca is likable and his constant flaws and missteps make him relatable. His need to protect Brooklyn can be over-the-top at times, but not in an alpha-male way but more because family is everything to him and the woman he’s fallen in love with has become part of his family.

Despite having the worst parents and childhood a girl could have, Brooklyn Barnett is no shrinking violet. Her disability is limiting but not debilitating and this woman will have her say… and her way. Fueled by determination and fear, she’s a strong, independent character the author did a good job with, never missing a chance to bring out Brooklyn’s strength instead of making her a weepy, pitiful victim.

The author also does a good job with supporting characters…making them never seem like afterthoughts or filler.  While it’s Luca and Brooklyn’s story, his family blends in seamlessly.

Gay dance instructor, Raimer, and Emmy’s grandfather, Albert, are two great standouts for me because they had no problem saying what needed to be—or they felt should be—said.

But my favorite character is Valentina Savage. Her boys will move heaven and earth to protect her, but this Italian mama does not need protecting, but at times everyone around her does! She won’t hesitate to “correct” anyone in her presence, even if she needs to use a wooden spoon to do it!

During one scene where Luca was proud of his brothers, he thought, “They had been raised by a crazy-ass woman who had made him want to call the children’s helpline more than once, but she had done something right because the men in this room were incredible people.”

Love that! And, lovers of romance, romantic suspense, and family sagas will enjoy this read as much as I did.

Lascivious Luca is book two in the Savage’s Buck and Doe Series. Get started on this series and meet the Savage family. Despite the danger, the love and laughs are worth it!

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There is a turning point in everyone’s life. Luca Savage knew his was the day his dad and brother were gunned down.

Nobody could live in North America and not hear about a mass shooting, whether it was in a school, a bar, or a shopping mall. It was sad, but Luca had been like most of society—desensitized. He always felt horrible for the victims and donated to their families, but once the initial shock settled and the money was sent, he moved on to the next headlining tragedy. That was before Ground Zero was Luca’s own family.

Tragedy has a way of changing people. When someone you love dies before their time, it torments those left behind. Part of Luca’s torment is that he can’t find beauty in the world anymore. That is, until he meets Brooklyn, a woman with no words who teaches him beauty is there, you just have to see it through the right eyes.

Brooklyn is stunning. To look at her, you would think she has the world on a string. If she wasn’t mute, she would tell you things aren’t always as they appear.

Sins, hers or not, and disillusionment have been her constant companions for most of her life. She can’t change people’s perceptions of her, but she can keep them at arm’s length to validate herself and the family she loves.

Can these two lost souls find peace in each other’s arms? Can the lascivious be overlooked to teach the most meaningful lessons in life? Luca and Brooklyn have to learn together that the people you meet on the journey are as important as the ones you end up with at the destination.

 

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have two beautiful granddaughters after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She worked with special-needs teenagers, that taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.

Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier than riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.

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#Review “The Last Scoop” by R.G. Belsky

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5/5 Stars!

Sitting down with a Clare Carlson Mystery is like visiting an old friend.

I like her unapologetic, straightforward attitude. She’s good at her job as a television news director while mostly pleasing no one but herself.

However, this time around, Clare’s self-possessed lifestyle leaves her wracked with guilt. Her beloved mentor, Marty Barlow, is killed on a New York City street. She’s haunted by the countless promises she made to meet the retiree for coffee or help him with a story she never saw through.

After picking her brain over their last conversation… and going through notes retrieved from Marty’s family, Clare realizes Marty was on to something. Corruption and murders. And some of the murders were decades old… committed by a serial killer.

Clare uses the methodical skills learned from Marty when she was a cub reporter to track down and piece together clues. The Pulitzer Prize-winner isn’t looking for another award. She wants to finish Marty’s investigations and find the truth, even as it puts her square in the sights of a killer.

As Clare balances work and Marty’s case, she is still plagued by the only other decision she’s ever felt guilt over, and it’s not any of her three divorces. It’s something she hasn’t even told her BFF, Janet. She wants to make it right, but will it all blow up in her face?

Great writing and multiple plot twists make The Last Scoop an unputdownable must-read, especially for readers who love mysteries, crime thrillers, and suspense. Release day fast approaches – preorder this one today!

(This is the third in the Clare Carlson series. Do yourself a favor and grab the first two!)

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Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson’s first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him. When Martin Barlow is killed on the street one night during an apparent mugging attempt gone bad, it seems like he was just an old man whose time had come. But Clare—initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story idea. As she digs deeper and deeper into his secret files, she uncovers shocking evidence of a serial killer worse than Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, or any of the other infamous names in history. This really is the biggest story of Martin Barlow’s career—and Clare’s, too—as she uncovers the path leading to the decades-long killer of at least twenty young women. All is not as it seems during Clare’s relentless search for this serial killer. Is she setting herself up to be his next victim?

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Genre: Mystery

Published by: Oceanview Publishing

Publication Date: May 5th 2020

Number of Pages: 368

ISBN: 1608093573 (ISBN13: 9781608093571)

Series: Clare Carlson #3

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#Review “Flight Risk” by Cara Putman

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4/5 Stars!

Flight Risk begins as an easy read that quickly becomes multi-layered and complicated.

Haunted by his father’s death because of a flawed newspaper article, journalist Jett Glover is committed to finding the truth in his work. He reaches out to the ex-wife of one of the men in an expose` he’s writing about human trafficking. The woman brushes him off and his editor runs the story.

Savannah Daniels is a sharp copyright attorney approaching forty. Though divorced for fifteen years, she’s still tied to ex-husband, Dustin Tate, by Addy, the fourteen-year-old he fathered with Savannah’s sister, Stasi.

When Jett’s explosive story becomes public, Savannah rushes to Addy to shield the child from public scrutiny, but before they can make sense of it all, Dustin and his friends are involved in a major plane crash. Though they survive the crash, the three men die in quick succession under mysterious circumstances.

Savannah is stretched thin as she tries to support Addy, deal with the aftermath of the news article, Dustin’s death, and his insistence he had proof of his innocence. Proof he never got to share with her before he died. She also has a major case in mediation she’s determined to win because her clients’ invention could make the infamous black box recorder aboard planes obsolete.

And there’s still Jett Glover, always nearby… with questions.

I liked Jett. His father’s death shaped his life and directed his path. His confidence is shaken with the thought his article led to the deaths of three men and all he wants is redemption. His attraction to Savannah bothers him too, yet he wants to pursue it.

Savannah Daniels is a contradiction. Tough, super smart, and “savvy,” her small law practice attracts high-profile cases and eager young attorneys because of her reputation. However, her personal life is a mess. Though she does have good friends, her evenings are spent with her rescue cat. Dustin’s betrayal left her with major trust issues, and understandably so. Her niece is the only thing that can—and does—pull Savannah away from work. Her boozy, pill-popping sister, Stasi, is indeed the weakest link, and got away with far too much and got off too easily. I couldn’t figure out why neither Savannah nor Dustin hadn’t filed for custody of Addy or why Addy hadn’t run away screaming like she was on fire!

Tension builds as Savannah is attacked multiple times, Stasi gets arrested, and the FBI takes an interest in Savannah’s copyright case. Could her case be connected to the plane crash and Dustin’s death? Where is the fourth man? And who is the mysterious woman from Thailand?

I thought I had this one figured out until Mr. Plot-Twist grabbed me by the neck! HA! I did NOT see that coming! Excellent!

Nice ending and good to see Savannah open to a relationship with Jett.

We’re all searching for good reads during these times of sheltering in place and quarantine life. Add Flight Risk to the top of the list!

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Synopsis:

 

Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.

Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.

Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.

When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.

Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?

Book Details:

Genre: Political/Romantic Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: April 7th 2020

Number of Pages: 336

ISBN: 078523327X (ISBN13: 9780785233275)

Series: This is a Stand Alone Novel

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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