Damaged by Alex Kava (ARC)
Published by Doubleday
At the request of Doubleday, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis: FBI Special Agent and profiler, Maggie O’Dell, has been asked by friend and colleague Charlie Wurth, from The Department of Homeland Security to work with him on a special assignment in Florida. The coast guard had recovered a drum usually used by fisherman to preserve their daily catch, except in this particular drum, are human body parts carefully wrapped and appearing to be from multiple victims. Once Maggie has accepted this mission, Charlie then tells her there may be a bit of a glitch, Florida is in the path of a Category 5 hurricane. And why are soldiers who have had routine orthopedic surgery, in Florida, dying, Dr. Benjamin Platt, another friend of Maggie’s is having a race against the clock. The time frame of the story takes place over a 5 day period but each minute is filled with suspense.
My Thoughts and Opinion: This was not only the first, in what I understand to be one of seven (7) of Maggie O’Dell stories, that I read but also the first Alex Kava novel. This book was what I call “the just one more chapter” reads, whereas the chapters are only a few pages long and by the time you realize it, many chapters have been read. And add this twist into the mix…there were 3 different mini mysteries going on at the same time which were rotated every 3 chapters and then Ms. Kava weaves all 3 “stories” into one fast paced, heart racing and action packed ending. Without giving too much away and/or including any spoilers, all I can say is the way she describes certain scenes in this book, I found that I was holding my breath in sheer fear and anticipation. As I said, this was my first Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell novels but it won’t be my last. I have a lot of catching up to do.
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