Shadow Girl, Afton Tangler Thriller No. 2 by Gerry Schmitt (3 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Starting on No. 2, I think I may have lost a little of the history of the characters. Probably would be best to start with No. 1.

This was marketed as a thriller, but I wouldn’t characterize it as such. Everything is laid out from the beginning, and while the reader knows the truth, the police don’t. This is a detective story, but not a mystery/thriller. That being said, it was great writing–a straight-forward detective story told from one perspective with excellent character development and dialog.

The book begins with a medical helicopter, carrying a donor heart for a wealthy businessman, being shot out of the sky. From there, the detectives piece together the whodunit. Not much in the way of anticipation as we know the story, and it starts to drag about three-quarters of the way through, but all in all this was a good book to spend some time with. The problem I had with the book is that the narrator is a family liaison officer who longs to be a detective. Throughout the book she expresses this desire, but not once did she indicate a plan of action. I would have liked to see her take that step, which would make her a much stronger character for the remaining series.

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