The literary style of Full Disclosure makes it an intense, serious, intricate read. I am an avid fiction reader, reading about a book a day. This book took me three days to read. It's not a light read, which was refreshing. This is a book that I'll remember; that I pondered on and found deep insights into people's character and relationships. If you're looking for just romantic entertainment, this is not the book for you. This book is on level with a Laurie King's Mary Russell (Sherlock Holmes) series or one of Bill Myer's deep thinker novels. I immensely enjoyed all the different layers of this book and highly recommend it to serious readers.
I enjoyed this book, as I do with all of Dee Henderson's books. However, I felt like this one was a bit more difficult to follow than her other novels. There seemed to be too many characters and the plot was too hard to follow at times. I think a reader would be lost if they haven't read her previous books.
I really enjoyed the O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series, but Full Disclosure seems to undermine both. Henderson shoots herself in the foot by making Ann the author of all her books. It might have worked out, if it had been a small detail simply implying that Ann writes the books, but it talks about them continually, praises them endlessly, and eliminates the legitimacy of the stories by changing so many details to make them fit in this book.
If Ann is the author of the books, then:
1. She completely writes herself out of every book, since there is in none of them any indication that this mysterious best friend exists
2. Paul is either completely oblivious or no one ever talks about her, since a brother and a cousin both have their stories written by her (True Honor, True Courage), and who never talks about their friends?
3. The stories lose all credibility, since it means that names and important details have been changed in order to hide the identities of the main characters (ex. Darcy St. James of True Honor - her name is changed for Full Disclosure and her story altered so that other spies don't hunt her down and kill her) and therefore details from the series don't jive with this novel
The plot of Ann's role in the scandal and the lady shooter was really interesting, but I wish it had been a more active part and less second-hand information. Ideally it would have been more the focus of the book rather than Paul's relentless and rather inexplicable pursuit of Ann. Why doesn't he talk to her to learn more about her? Why does he bend over backwards to please her but doesn't mind that she never compromises? Why is Ann really so adamant against marriage and kids? Overall, their relationship seems more friendship than romantic, but not everything that is acceptable in a friendship is healthy for marriage. I don't hold much hope - compromise is a necessity!
Full Disclosure just isn't the same caliber as her previous books. The suspense is lost among so much excess stuff, and the love story isn't great. Her older books are worth reading, though!
I was lucky enough to get this book free as a "preview" copy before it was released. I was really looking forward to reading it since it has been a LONG time since Dee has written a new book.
After reading this book my impression was that it was overwritten. It seemed like Dee had SO many things she wanted to include, and since it had been awhile since her last book, it all ended up in this one. Some of the chapters were too tedious and slow. And then Ann could do everything - fly a plane, be a cop, be an author, etc. but then also have time for "down time".
I really liked the O'Malley series and it was fun to see some of those characters in this book. But I found it confusing that it was never acknowledged that those characters were siblings. With so many connections and details in this book, that seemed like a major detail forgotten. I agree with the other reviewers that said that it was confusing that Dee wrote the O'Malley books. What?? That was just wierd.
Dee is a good writer but it felt like she tried too hard on this one.