I promised Libby Hellmann a book review in exchange for a free download of an ARC. It’s taken me far too long to make good on my promise, for which I apologize to Libby.
This is the fourth book in the Georgia West series, of which I have not read the first three. So, this was my introduction to the lady, and I must say I’m very glad we met. It’s quite a complex story, but then, when should hardly expect anything else from such a complex character. Although there are times when I find Georgia irritating, it’s the kind of irritating when experiences with a really good friend who happens to have a number of personality quirks that seem to always be getting in their way. In Georgia’s case, the biggest quirk is the all-two-common one of not trusting other people to do things the way we think they should be done.
Briefly, this novel is something of a story within a story within a story in which a number of apparently disparate situations and issues are discovered to be not as disparate as they looked at first glance. Complicating them is Georgia’s receipt of a note purporting to be from a sister she never knew she had. When a DNA test of a spot of blood found on the paper indicates that it did, in fact, come from someone very closely related to her, Georgia is determined to track down this young woman calling to her for help.
What ensues is guaranteed to keep you reading… And reading… And reading. In fact, anyone who, like me, tends to lack any sense of self-discipline when it comes to reading had better just set aside a day or three to get through this book, because you are not going to want to put it down. It is a complex and engrossing story of fascinating characters involved in dangerous situations that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. My only nitpick was that it was sometimes difficult to keep track of the chronology, as sometimes days and even weeks would pass without that passage of time being quite as clear as they could have been. However, as I said, it’s a nitpick, and it wasn’t a sufficiently noticeable issue to be more than irksome.
So, but this book on your must-buy list, even if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series. Trust me, this is not only a perfectly fine place to start, but it’s guaranteed when you’re done, you’ll want to go back and read the first three, if you haven’t already done so.