Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan #1) by Leslie A. Smith

Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan, #1)Don't Look Away by Leslie A. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most debut novels can be disappointing, especially when it is a suspense thriller.  Leslie A. Smith not only delivered in her first Veronica Sloan installment, she managed to surprise, intrigue and capture the imagination of her readers.

In Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan, #1), Detective Veronica Sloan isn’t shocked by much. Having lived through the worst terrorist attacks in history—which destroyed much of Washington, D.C.—she’s immune to even the most vicious brutality. But even she is stunned by the discovery of a murder in the basement of the under-reconstruction White House.

Sloan and FBI Agent Jeremy Sykes have been assigned to investigate the homicide because the victim was a participant in a top-secret experiment. Veronica has been training for just this kind of case, waiting to use her special skills, anxious to learn if a recording device implanted in a victim’s head can help solve their murder….before the killer strikes again.

I love my mysteries. Not the cozy mysteries though. I like them fast, action packed, and at times, gory. There are times when books can be so gory I could only call them Hannibalish and sometimes that can turn my stomach to the point of ditching a book.

Not so with Don't Look Away.

This is not a cozy mystery, so for those who do not have the stomach for some blood, gore and more, I suggest you take a cup of tea to settle it first before you even begin to open that book.

It was the very first page that made me continue turning the pages. The way the author used the very title to describe a victim's last fifty-eight minutes was a surprise. The training was NOT TO LOOK AWAY so the sci-fi gadget attached to her brain would record all of the gory details of her murder.

The hunt for the killer was well thought out and did not drag. Instead, it encourages the readers to read on and hunt along with Ronnie, or for those who like to cheat, turn to the last chapter and cut through the chase. If I were you, don't do this, it will only make matters worse for now you would have to go back to where you came from and find out why the ending ended like that.

Keeps you guessing all the way. Ronnie had some training in profiling criminal minds so it was lovely to see some of the familiar psychological terms thrown in. Best of all, the author certainly knew how to use those terms and use them the right way to reach the right conclusions so she could solve the case.

Don't Look Away was well written, had breathtaking imagery, and a story that keeps the readers speculating till the very end. And the end is just a teaser of what could only mean a book two.

Review based on ARC sent by Netgalley

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