Written by: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks
# of pages: 216
Average Rating: 4.3/5 stars
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
Read in May 2017
Summary according to Goodreads:
Jane Larson, a hot-shot litigator for a large law firm in New York City, is sucked into an unfamiliar world of divorce and child support when she helps out a friend. Jane's discovery of the deadbeat dad's stash of money soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and criminal activity that keeps getting more dangerous. Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.
I received a copy this novel for review, but that does not affect my opinion on it.
When I was first emailed about this novel, I was so intrigued after reading the synopsis. While reading, it took me a while to get into the plot, as there was some back story to get you acquainted with the characters. Everyone had a history connecting them to another, and it made it seem like a small-town even though it is set in New York City. I thought the characters were fairly well developed, and each contributed something to the story. You never knew who to trust, and in the end I was surprised with the conclusion. However, I was disappointed with how our main character treated the people close to her, and did not think before she acted. Considering she is a lawyer, she was slow to think on her feet at time, and would go from doubting everything to confronting someone with an entire truth. It was difficult to understand her thought process, and even though we came to a conclusion I am still unsure how we got there.
I dropped my rating on this novel for two reasons: 1) I found it very slow to read and 2) the plot went many different ways at once. I would put this book down and never be drawn to picking it back up. I was never completely hooked and that could be because there were times where I was very confused with what was happening. I would have preferred less twists, and a more developed plot.
The writing style was very descriptive, which fit with our characters voice as she is a lawyer trained to notice every detail. There was also lots of foreshadowing, but the suspense seemed to be a bit overdone. Each chapter ended in what I assume was meant to be a cliffhanger, but instead just predicted where the story was going to turn next.
This is not a novel I would typically pick up on my own, but I did enjoy the experience overall. If the series continues I would like to see more personality from Jane and more development, as well as more description of how connections were made. I am happy to have received this adult thriller, and if murder-mysteries interest you, I would recommend giving this a try!