Published by Thomas & Mercer on Aug 7, 2012
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
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Kate Malick, a former Carmelite nun turned security professional to the stars, is dedicated to protecting her clients. Celebrities are her specialty, and right now teenage celebutante and slow-motion train wreck Chelsea Brewer is testing Kate’s devotion.
A poster child for the pitfalls of childhood fame and fortune, Chelsea is careening past the boundaries of poor choices and into the deep waters of self-destruction. On LA’s mean streets, young lives are often cut short, and Chelsea’s is no exception. A large wager has been placed on her imminent demise and she’s disappeared.
Forced underground in a desperate attempt to find her client, Kate searches the City of Angels’ darkest, deadliest corners, uncovering a tangled conspiracy of revenge and betrayal. But time is running out, and as Kate stares down the face of evil, she must quickly solve the puzzle and rescue Chelsea before the young girl’s prayers for help become her last.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a hard, harsh mystery thriller. While it may have featured a female protagonist, it was anything but soft or emotional. This story was all about the action.
I didn’t really like the characters, with the exception of Di Milo and Grange, two of Kate’s employees. They were the only characters with depth, and so felt the most real and deserving of emotion. Kate is not a good girl heroine in any way. She has a dark past and isn’t afraid to use threats or force to get what she wants. I found her very hard to like, and her history as a nun is almost dispicable.
The bad guy is a stereotypical ultimate evil villian. He has no conscience and no respect for other people. Truly evil and scary, his threats are very real, which does lend a sense of danger to the story.
Overall, I found the story to be focused on the action, with little thought given to the characters. While this usually makes a decent action movie, it falls flat on paper. While the plot does have some twists and turns, the ending is a bit ridiculous. Perhaps a male reader who isn’t interested in the emotional aspect of a story would enjoy this more than I did.