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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.

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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)

24th October 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kate Kessler
Three Strikes (Audrey Harte, Book 3)
Hachette Redhook (US: 24th October 2017)
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Thanksgiving is approaching, and Audrey Harte has a lot to be thankful for – her mother has recovered from surgery, her relationship with Jake is solid, her father is relatively sober, and her career is evolving in an exciting direction. So when an 18-year-old girl turns up on her mother’s doorstep, claiming to be the daughter Maggie Jones gave up for adoption, Audrey is amazed. As Audrey helps the girl discover where she came from, people in the little town of Edgeport think she should leave the past alone, and they let her know through threatening messages and phone calls. Soon, Audrey realizes that it doesn’t matter how well you think you know someone – you don’t know what they’re capable of until their secrets are threatened…

October 2017 Releases

Done with September 2017 Releases? Here are October 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Megan Abbott: GIVE ME YOUR HAND: 24th April 2018: Buy (US)
Tara Altebrando: THE POSSIBLE (paperback): 5th June 2018: Buy (US)
Tara Altebrando: THE OPPOSITE OF HERE: 5th June 2018: Buy (US)
Cyn Balog: ALONE (paperback): 1st May 2018: Buy (US)
Claire Cameron: THE LAST NEANDERTHAL (paperback): 1st April 2018: Buy (US)
Heather Davis: A CURSE SO DARK: 5th October 2017: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: GEMINA (paperback): 16th January 2018: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: ZERO HOUR: 24th July 2018: Buy (US)
Andrea Kleine: EDEN: 10th July 2018: Buy (US)
Kim Liggett: THE LAST HARVEST (paperback): 10th July 2018: Buy (US)
Kim Liggett: THE UNFORTUNATES: 10th July 2018: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS (paperback): 5th June 2018: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: SPARROW HILL ROAD: 5th June 2018: Buy (US)
Kelly Meding: STRAY MAGIC: 19th June 2018: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: BREAKING (paperback): 12th June 2018: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: SEEKER (paperback): 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: COURT OF SHADOWS: 29th May 2018: Buy (US)
Jessica Spotswood: THE LAST SUMMER OF THE GARRETT GIRLS: 1st June 2018: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: THE MERCILESS IV: LAST RITES: 12th June 2018: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: 100 HOURS (paperback): 29th May 2018: Buy (US)

4 New Covers (Belleza, Heathfield, Kaufman & Kristoff, Kessler)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: MISSING (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE STARS (paperback): 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE WORLDS: 3rd April 2018: Buy (US)
Meg Howrey: THE WANDERERS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: FOUR OF A KIND: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: DREAMFALL (paperback): 1st May 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: MICHAEL’S WINGS: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
K. R. Richardson: FIRST POLICEMEN AT THE END OF THE JUMPWAY: 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: HOUSE OF FURIES (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: THE GAUNTLET (paperback): 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: ORIGINS OF EVIL (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)