By Kelly Bridgewater
Amara Alvarez's first case as a homicide detective drags her into the murky world of computer hackers. When she finds herself under attack by cybercriminals, she has no choice but to use unconventional methods to expose the truth and find a killer.
I read Tom Threadgill's first novel, Collision of Lies, with Revell Publishing, and the conclusion disappointed me. The climactic moment happened around Amara, not to her, so I was okay with the novel, but not taken away. While Threadgill does a fabulous job at crafting timely suspense stories, Network of Deceit was much better. I believed that Amara's characters shone so much more in this novel. She was feisty, brave, and intuitive. She was a wonderful character to follow. I loved following her as she worked through what happened to Zach. There were moments that she spoke so fast, like in the police station to the suspects, that I had a hard time following the ping-pong dialogue. This was not a bad thing. I have seen cops do in real life. They ask so many questions, so fast that they are hoping to catch the suspect in a lie or frustrate them that they tell the truth. I like the plot, the hint of romance, and the real life that Amara had to struggle with at the same time. Realistic. Overall, Network of Deceit was more up to my speed. I honestly pray that there is more novels by Threadgill. He is getting better with this novel. I can't wait to see what he crafts next.
I received a complimentary copy of Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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