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[REVIEW] Three Strikes – Kate Kessler

Kate Kessler
Three Strikes (Audrey Harte, Book 3)
Hachette Redhook (US: 24th October 2017; UK: 26th October 2017; AU: 12th December 2017)
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I rate this book 4 stars (out of 5), which may not be apparent from the rest of this post. Also, I read this during summer, which is my worst time of year.

Three Strikes is not a thriller, but there are three mysteries to solve:

-Who’s Mackenzie Bell’s biological father, and who’s warning her away from finding out?
-What were the circumstances surrounding Mike LeBlanc’s death?
-Who’s responsible for the recent dead body?

One of the things I appreciate most about this series is that Audrey Harte killed someone when she was about thirteen, and actually faced consequences: time in a juvenile correctional facility. Vigilante murders are common in fiction, but the perps aren’t often held to account. That may be part of wish fulfilment on the part of the author, and maybe readers. So I have a lot of respect for characters – and the authors who write them – who don’t just do the crime but also do the time. Even another character in the series commits murder, and is also sent to a correctional facility.

But apparently that all changes if the person committing the crimes is an adult. Then the person covers their arse, or other people cover it for them. That happens in Three Strikes:

-A character erases security footage, planning to claim it’s a “glitch”
-When a character is attacked, the police immediately want to view security footage, but another character claims that they need permission from the attacked person first
-A character promises not to tell a secret, but then quickly after tells someone because “they won’t tell anyone”

There’s even possible statutory rape (or gross sexual assault) that happened nineteen years ago, but the police aren’t told so no charges are laid.

And it pisses me off that Detective Neve Graham is treated like the enemy because she’s competent at her job. She also grew up biracial in very white Edgeport, so she was already an outsider and not part of the Harte/Tripp family unit.

It’s also annoying how Jake pretty much owns everything in town, and is noted as a “real estate mogul”. It would be interesting to see how Edgeport would survive without him if he died, but for better or worse (worse, in my opinion) I predict a happy ending to the series. Which is NOT WHY I READ CRIME.

All grumbles aside, Three Strikes is another instalment in a series I always look forward to reading. Though only one novel and one novella are scheduled to follow, I’d happily read more crime fiction by Kate Kessler. Edgeport comes alive with all its small-town secrets, and there are likely countless more yet uncovered.

[REVIEW] Emma in the Night – Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker
Emma in the Night
HarperCollins HQ (AU: 20th November 2017; UK: 8th February 2018); Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 7th August 2018)
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Wendy Walker’s All Is Not Forgotten is a great psychological thriller, but Emma in the Night exceeds even that. It’s wonderfully gothic, starring missed-up families with hidden agendas. The big reveals, along with the attention to detail (the counting!), make this a thriller not to be missed. I’m eager to read whatever Wendy Walker publishes next – two five-star novels in a row make her a must-read author.

December 2017 Releases

Done with November 2017 Releases? Here are December 2017 Releases. Even though it’s already January 2018. I didn’t get around to catching up on doing the monthly release compilation properly, so here’s an “express” edition: author, title, and purchase links. Click on them to find out about the books. And for future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Keri Arthur: The Black Tide: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Rachel Caine: Killman Creek: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Janet Edwards: Defender: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Francesca Haig: The Forever Ship: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Lydia Kang: The November Girl: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Kate Kessler: Three Strikes: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Justine Larbalestier: My Sister Rosa: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Katie McGarry: Take Me On: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Katie McGarry: Breaking the Rules: Buy (US) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Beth Revis: Paper Hearts Workbook: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Michelle Rowen: Nightshade: Buy (US) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback)

Rachel Vincent: Wild Card: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: RITUALS (paperback): 14th August 2018: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: ROUGH JUSTICE: 30th June 2018: Buy (US)
S. A. Bodeen: THE TOMB: 25th September 2018: Buy (US)
Rachel Caine: WOLFHUNTER RIVER: 2nd October 2018: Buy (US)
Emiko Jean: EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS: 9th October 2018: Buy (US)
Heather Kaczynski: DARE MIGHTY THINGS (paperback): 25th September 2018: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE TOWERING SKY: 28th August 2018: Buy (US)
Stephanie Oakes: THE ARSONIST (paperback): 21st August 2018: Buy (US)
Parker Peevyhouse: THE ECHO ROOM: 11th September 2018: Buy (US)
Cherie Priest: THE AGONY HOUSE: 25th September 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: GRIM LOVELIES: 2nd October 2018: Buy (US)

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