Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NO GOOD DEED by Allison Brennan

A Lucy Kincaid Novel
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
November 3rd, 2015
Thriller, Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4.5 Hearts

For FBI agent, Lucy Kincaid, she knows just how deep corruption can go and when she helped put away a corrupt DEA agent, Nicole Rollins, she finds that she can breathe just a little easier after the case is solved. But Nicole is like a bad penny and refuses to take going to jail lying down and escapes from police custody, putting a busload of children in jeopardy as well as killing five officers. Now a manhunt is in force as Lucy tries to figure out the woman behind the DEA mask and get to the core of what this killer’s plan is. But Nicole is determined to get her revenge and what she thinks is hers. A vicious cat and mouse game erupts between Nicole and the FBI and it will take all of Lucy’s expertise as well as her friends in and out of the FBI because if Lucy doesn’t stop Nicole in time, then she’ll lose everything she holds dear in the process.

Wow, can Ms. Brennan deliver a story that literally grabs you by the throat within a matter of minutes and doesn’t let up till the very end. And even then you are itching to read more of Lucy’s adventures in the FBI. Ms. Brennan has fast become one of my go to authors when I need to read a thriller or mystery because you just can get lost within her books and sucked right into the story. The writing is tight with a setting that ranges from Texas to Washington D.C to Mexico. What really will grab you by the throat are the characters. They are varied and multi-dimensional and keep you guessing on their motives and thoughts. If you read Dead Heat and Best Laid Plans, you will remember some of the faces from those stories in NO GOOD DEED and find out the shockwaves after a case is closed and secrets come out into the open.

Ms. Brennan is a wonderful writer who captures the world of the FBI, Marshal’s and other federal government agencies beautifully. It gives a sense of realism within the story that ups the stakes and gives the story more depth. But for me, it’s the characters that drive the story. They are life-like and have vulnerabilities and nuances like everyday people do and the author brings that across beautifully with in her books. The mystery that surrounds just who and what is driving Nicole is center stage as we meet so me new faces, tangle with the bad guys and get to know Sean’s brother Kane, a mercenary who finds himself determined to take down an organization who is responsible for more deaths than he can count. I am looking forward to seeing where Lucy and Sean go from here and how Kane will figure in future books because I seriously need more of him in the stories. His scenes just upped the tension beautifully and kept me flipping the pages till I found out what happened.

Overall, NO GOOD DEED kept me riveted to the pages as I ran alongside Lucy and Sean as they chased after corrupt DEA agent Nicole Rollins and figure out what her game plan is. The twists and turns left me breathless and I was stunned by the ending. Now all I can say to the author is…please more! I do recommend reading from the beginning of the series to get to know Lucy’s past and her charming family though each book can be read as a stand alone story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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