Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.
Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.
About the Author
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
fourstars Quite a dark brooding novel. The main character portraying almost the role of an anti hero. Grace has nearly as many flaws in her character as she has commendable traits. These flaws make Grace a very believable person, one you know you can trust yet fear equally. This novel certainly brings home the difficulties and heart breaks of being a police officer at the same time as being a compelling novel. The first few chapters do not appear to flow together seemingly disjointed, however as the novel proceeds you see that the chapters represent how Grace is feeling. As the plot continues to unfold the consistency become apparent. The dark unknown fear of what is happening to police officers is kept in the background. This makes this novel quite unique, the mystery appearing secondary to life on the police force and the evolution of Grace. Sections of the book are quite spiritual and although relevant do at times seem a little excessive. The ending was so apt and in keeping with the rest of this novel,it certainly leaves the reading hoping for more. A thoroughly engrossing novel that can be enjoyed by those seeking mystery, suspense and life like characters. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Chris
Full disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I read the first part of the series and enjoyed it very much, but I like this one even better. It's an exciting installment, and the action ramps up another notch. Grace is the only person who sees a connection between the deaths of her fellow police officers, and no one wants to dig further. As the story progresses, the mystery deepens, with scattered clues linking the murders. Grace is one of my favorite characters. I feel like we really begin to see her emerging as more than just a rough-around-the-edges beat cop. The thread of the mystery continues, and Grace is the only one sure there’s more to it than meets the eye. Her suspicions are met with skepticism, especially because of her personal connections to some of the victims—is she seeing what she wants to see in order to bring them justice? Meanwhile while that unfolds, Grace is busy interacting with a host of colorful characters. Her day-to-day adventures range from hilariously odd to harrowing to heartbreaking, sometimes all in the same chapter. Through it all, she’s maturing even without realizing it, steadied by the growing love between herself and her girlfriend. With all her triumphs and disappointments, Grace is a treasure to read. I’m looking forward to the exciting conclusion of this marvelous series.