Let's start off 2021 with a thrilling return to one of my favourite sleuthing characters, Kendra Michaels. I adore this character Ms. Johansen created as a spin-off of her Eve Duncan series. Kendra is super observant, detail oriented and her brain is so bloody efficient. I really wish I had her abilities. This series just keeps getting better and better for me.
Kendra is used to working with law enforcement and FBI on cases they want to bring her in. With Kendra's notoriety and incredible Sherlock Holmes' like abilities, a case comes to her directly via a dead woman's envelope.
I am really enjoying Ms. Johansen's writing style. And perhaps it is the influence of her son, Roy. These novels are become more intricate. It is not easy to determine what is exactly going on. As a reader, we are along for the ride with Kendra as she pieces each clue together. I tend to favour mysteries and suspense books where I cannot guess the ending or figure out how everything ties together immediately. It is intoxicating to be challenged and not know the answer because it happens so rarely for me now. Most authors write a slight variation of the same theme. They are quite good, but not as refreshing as when I'm taken of guard and need to be fully engaged to figure out what is going on. Authors Johansen step it up a notch with well crafted cases and still keeps the complex character development.
This book is action packed and the pace keeps a reader flipping the pages to see what will happen next. For me, this was a page turner and I ended up reading it all in one go into the wee hours of the night. Definitely ended up with book hangover and went through Kendra withdrawals. This suspense is highly recommended as it continues an arc that I cannot wait to see how Kendra finishes it. It promise to have dark and ugly dealings brought to justice. This suspense is highly recommended to readers who enjoy puzzles and trying to figure out answers before anyone else.