Author – Debbie TenBrink
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller,
Crime, Woman Sleuth
250 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 4/21/17
21 - 2017
My impressions: great relationships between characters, solid police investigative work, realistic, parallel paths.
Megan – 15 year old murder victim, pregnant, parents unaware.
Lt. Joellen Riskin – policewoman, cop husband murdered two years ago.
Detective Lynae Parker – Joellen’s partner and close friend.
The story is set in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Warped Ambition has great interactions between the women sleuths. The dialog is crisp, insightful and often funny as the friends trade witty punches. There are sincere moments when each of them bare their souls. Characters in Jo’s investigative team have diverse personalities and play well against each other and their boss.
A young girls body was discovered in a trash dumpster in a ‘bad’ part of town. Her home was in an affluent neighborhood. Why was she bludgeoned to death and dumped there?
Clues isolate two primary murder suspects early on, but was either really guilty? No conclusive evidence was discovered so the detectives forged ahead on gut feelings and circumstantial evidence. The unsolved murder of Jo’s husband provides a needed distraction from the primary case and lets her anxiety and frustration come through to draw the reader to her emotionally charged loss.
The editing, sentence structure and character development are of professional quality.
The plot is simple but is enhanced by a fast paced, complex and well written writing style.
There is some cursing and no blatant, graphic violence. I highly recommend Warped Ambition for a great detective read.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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