Thursday, November 30, 2017
A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterman (thoughts)
"Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now happily settled in Tucson, doesn’t go back to visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner Laura Coleman, whose life she has saved and who saved her life, is living there now. When Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn’t hesitate to get on a plane.
On leave from the Bureau, Laura has been volunteering for a legal group that is trying to prove the innocence of a man who is on death row for killing his family. Laura is firmly convinced that he didn’t do it, while Brigid isn’t so sure—but the date for his execution is coming up so quickly that she shares Laura’s fear that any evidence absolving him from the crime may come too late."
I'm basically obsessed with this series at this point. A few years back I received the second book for review - Fear the Darkness - and it was AMAZING! I then read and also adored the first book in this series last year which is Rage Against the Dying. Here we are with the third book and we have yet another winner. This author can't write fast enough for me at this point! The thing is it really doesn't feel like enough readers how found this author and these books. They are so flipping good though so what a shame! Or maybe I'm crazy and I'm just not following the bloggers who have read and loved this series as much as I have - that's entirely possible. I'm getting completely off track though. This book was yet another great addition to this series. I said this before (maybe on Litsy?) but this wasn't even my favorite of the series and it is still WAY better than so many other books like it. This author can write a tense and thrilling mystery like few others. I loved this book (as I knew that I would) and flew through the pages. My one and only complaint was that we didn't get to see as much of Carlos (Brigid's husband) as we have in previous books. I really like this character so I missed him in this one.
I love how in each of these books Masterman has created such a compelling mystery. I always feel like I need to know what is going to happen next. And I do mean need. I can't ever seem to put these books down and this was no exception. I have yet to figure out the mystery portion of the book on my own with these. Am I babbling at this point? I liked that we got to learn more about Brigid's family in this one. The thing about this book that really stood out for me was that you never fully knew if you could trust Laura. I love the unreliable narrator trope and although that wasn't the case here - it gave me the same feel which made this book an easy winner. I also really liked the focus on the death penalty in this book. This is definitely one of those issues that people have strong feelings on and it still made me think. You've got to appreciate when a book does that for you while reading.
Overall, this was another great addition to one of my very favorite mystery/thriller series. I love, love, love these books. It is hard to wait for each new book to release but completely worth the wait. I can't say enough good things about it obviously. I think that readers who enjoy Sharon Bolton should give this series a shot. They are two of my favorites and authors that I can't recommend enough. I flew through the pages of this book and already want more. Before I forget- you don't have to read this series in order. I didn't and it has still become a personal favorite. Highly recommended!
Bottom Line: A favorite of 2017. Enough said!
Disclosure: I checked this book out from my local library.