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Posted December 14, 2012
An entertaining mystery with fun characters
The characters created by Meredith and Morgan were very well done. The main character, Jennifer, was very realistic. Her responses to situations made sense and I could see myself in her place, being scared, wanting payback, etc. The girls joked about being Charlie's Angels, but for the most part I felt like I was watching three pretty normal women trying to work through a scary and potentially dangerous mess the best they could. This "average girl" image did slip a little at the end for Jennifer's two accomplices, but Jennifer stayed true to who she was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The progression of the story flowed well for the most part. There was only one section when the ladies were going over all the information they had found at Abby's house were there was so much information and dialog that I needed a break. Other than that one part the action was balanced well with the character development. I thought the storyline progressed at a good pace with just enough being revealed at a time to keep me interested.
While a few of the stories told by the girls about their exploits as scantily clad sales reps were a little outlandish, the overall plot was pretty believable. Fraud and exploitation of company money happens all too frequently. The details stayed very true to real life. It was obvious these authors knew what they were talking about as far as the workings of government systems. The only issue I had with the investigation was how easy it was to get the information that seals the case against their bosses. Abby is smart enough to pull this off, but not smart enough to put a password on her computer? I found that very unbelievable. I have a password on my computer. everyone I know has a password on their computer. This did feel like the authors didn't want to make the plot more complicated so they took the easy way out by explaining that Abby simply must have felt safe enough. Also, except for "Ghost," the other two all used their own emails to send incriminating messages. I don't think any of the players would have been that foolish.
Through most of the story the details and hints were doled out at a good pace. Readers got a little bit at a time, enough to keep them reading. I thought the authors did a good job of making the characters intelligent in their search with the exception of one aspect. In most cases the ladies made logical guesses and seemed to be figuring out clues that made sense and getting stumped on some of the trickier ones. The only time I didn't see that was when it came to identifying "Ghost." The first time the character made an appearance after this "Ghost" email address was discovered I thought it was pretty obvious who it was. I thought this aspect could have been delivered a little more subtly.
Overall, this was an enjoyable story. It wasn't one I couldn't put down, but I had fun reading it. There was a romantic element introduced toward the end of the book that I thought could have been developed further, and introduced earlier to add to the appeal for readers. I know the authors have a novella to explain more about what happened to Jeff the Jerk, but I felt in this book they could have gone into a little more detail to make it more than a passing comment, or not have mentioned it at all to keep it from being a distraction. Also, the editing was not as good as it could have been. It proved to be a distraction in some areas when half a random line would appear after a scene br