Mar 25, 2014

Book Review: Notorious



New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan introduces an irrepressible heroine in her pulse-pounding new thriller Notorious, which Lisa Gardner says is, "Guaranteed to keep you up late at night."

Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.

When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O’Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets.

Now Max is home for Kevin’s funeral—after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. She’s finally prepared to come to terms with the loss of his friendship, but she’s not prepared for Kevin’s sister to stubbornly insist that he didn’t kill himself. Or for an elderly couple to accost her at the airport, begging her to look into another murder at Max’s old high school. Max is more interested in the cold case at her alma mater than in digging around Kevin’s troubled life, but she agrees to do both. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hit far too close to home. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that someone will do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.


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It's been a couple weeks since I have posted a book review.  It's not that I haven't been reading but I was working my way through some library books that I had picked up. Yeah my guilty pleasure is occasionally reading books that I don't review. 

NOTORIOUS however was the perfect book to slide me back into reviewing. The writing is taut, the pacing spot on and tension enough to keep the reader glued to the book.

Now as my readers know, I usually try to avoid first person because if it isn't done just right, then it is a train wreck.  I am happy to say that Ms. Brennan hit all the right notes.  I really like Max and enjoyed learning more about what was going on in her mind and her search for truth.  Even learning just how important her family really is to her did her need to know even if it might tear her family apart.  

I am really hoping that Ms. Brennan continues this series because I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Max and the secondary characters.  I highly recommend this book to any of my readers that enjoy thrillers.  You will not be disappointed in the least. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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