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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: ARC Review ~ Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ARC Review ~ Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Finished ~ Innocent Prey (Brown & De Luca 03) by Maggie Shayne
Expected publication ~ September 30, 2014
Completed 7/2/14
5 of 5 stars
400 page eBook

I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

Rachel De Luca is a self-help guru who spent 20 years of her life blind, before having surgery and becoming sighted again. She now "helps" (though she thinks a lot of her own advice is crap) others get through rough times by seeing that things are meant to be and people can make happen whatever they want. Mason Brown is a detective who Rachel met through some crazy circumstances in the first book of this series. Rachel, who had honed her other senses when she was blind, also has some special abilities, to see other things that may happen, though she's still trying to understand it all.

In this book, Mason and Rachel are trying to locate a newly blind daughter of a judge. The investigation is kept quiet, as he fears that she just ran off, but soon it blows wide open with the discovery of a body that ties to the missing girl. Mason and Rachel discover that there are many other girls who have disappeared in similar fashion and they, along with an FBI agent who has arrived on scene, race to find the girls before more bodies turn up.

I LOVE this series overall. I had read the first two books, and a novella, and really loved the first. I was pretty disappointed in the 2nd because I knew who the killer was right away and I thought that it was a weak move on the writers part, but this book is just as good as the first. It's definitely a series that should be read in order, so you can see how Rachel and Mason met, which is quite interesting and see how they got to where they are now. Their banter is always great. Rachel is a strong and independent woman who doesn't give up and encourages others not to give up as well. She takes risks but always turns out to be right. Mason is kind and family driven. He made some decisions that still haunt him, but you can't really fault him for that.

The characters are great, the story is great. It's just a good suspenseful book that keeps you engaged the whole time. I'd definitely recommend the series to fans of romantic suspense.

Setting = A
Plot = A+
Conflict = A
Characters = A+
Theme = A

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