Tuesday, November 16, 2010

INFAMOUS by Suzanne Brockmann

Publisher: Ballantine
Date published: July 27, 2010
ISBN: 9780345521200
Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained by publisher

History professor Alison Carter is in the midst of having her life long research project, Silas Quinn, brought to life once again on the big screen. From childhood she’s been fascinated by the famous lawman and how he brought justice to the town of Jubilation, Arizona. Before the director can yell “action” Alison meets up with a man who is the epitome of action.

Tall, blond and gorgeous A.J Gallagher arrives on the movie set in Jubilation and while Alison sees a strong resemblance to Quinn’s nemesis, Jamie Gallagher, she doesn’t quite get it in her enthusiasm about what she initially considers to be the perfect extra for the film. From his authentic cowboy hat to his scuffed up boots he is exactly what Quinn’s film needs. In fact, she is so enthused she rambles on and on, not letting him get a word in edgewise. When she finally comes up for air A.J. tells her the real reason for his journey from Heaven, Alaska to Jubilation and Alison isn’t too happy with the news. It appears there is a slight problem with Quinn’s story.

In the midst of A.J. telling her what really happened a mere 100 or so years ago, Alison witnesses something that puts her in sites of a killer. Despite her doubts about A.J., she travels with him to Heaven only to find the killers hot on her trail. Doubts about A.J.’s mental state become interspersed with the very real threat on her life.

When I first started reading Suzanne Brockmann’s INFAMOUS I was a bit bemused and confused. The prologue seemed to be a bit disconnected and I’m not in the camp that likes first person point of view. I was tempted to put INFAMOUS down and offer it to one of my peers. Boy am I glad I didn’t!

This is one of my top three reads this year! It was a fabulous story that kept me spell bound once I was past the prologue until the very end. With portions of the story told through Jamie’s Gallagher’s eyes the truth unfolds about both Quinn and a mysterious murder in the desert, not far from the movie set. Within pages of meeting Jamie I totally adored him. In a unique blending of Jamie’s first person storytelling and Alison and A.J.’s third person points of view, Ms. Brockmann treats her readers to what becomes two stories woven into one fantastic read. She carries the blending of the two points of view with style, humor and genuine emotion.

Ms. Brockmann raises the specter of post traumatic stress and alcoholism in INFAMOUS and she does it with class. I’ve read any number of stories that include these ills where they are used to create gratuitous drama. Ms. Brockmann handles both the issues with compassion and caring as well as the effects the two have, not only on the person living with them, but on their family and friends. There is no way this story could be told as brilliantly as it was without those issues woven into the pages.

Do not miss INFAMOUS.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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