Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Collateral Damage by Frederick Lee Brooke

Collateral Damage (Annie Ogden Mystery #3) by Frederick Lee Brooke

A love story.

When Annie Ogden's ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiance, Salvatore?

A murder.

The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister's creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual.

An obsession.

Annie's problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it's too late.

My Thoughts:
I loved this! I think what I liked so much about it came down to two things: compelling storytelling and fantastic characters. The story pulled me in right away. It didn't matter that I hadn't read the first two books in the series. I didn't realize I was missing anything. I just wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing. And the characters were so real and believable and imperfect. They didn't always do the right thing, but it always made sense. Now I have to go back and read the first two books because Annie Ogden is a great character. She is an Iraq vet and there is just so much to her. I definitely want more.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!
*Notes: Adult language. Violence and some gore.

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