I really enjoy reading Robin's Justice Seekers series and with no exception To Write A Wrong, has got to be one of my favorites. I believe she outdid herself when she 'penned' this one.
When I started this book, it was difficult to put it down, so.... I didn't. I had to find out what was going to happen. Why was an innocent man put in prison? Why was there a cover-up on the previous crime? Was Hayden going to do something about it? Would Riley be able to complete her articles without someone killing her first?
Oh yeah, this book was exciting, suspenseful, with nail-biting intrigue, and just enough romance to make it all work together. Way to go, Robin. Strong characters coupled with a fantastic plot and Robin's gift of writing create a book that will be read over and over again, at least by me.
B & H Publishing Group provided me with this free review copy for the purpose of writing this review.
Riley Baxter's attempt to hide a festering personal wound ironically endangers her career as a journalistic reporter. Unfortunately locking her emotions has also stifled her writing, and a warning to improve or ship out has her desperately seeking a story in the last place she wanted to be.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner, Hayden Simpson is dealing with his own demons, and the two collide as Riley's unexpected scoop implodes.
With notoriety comes mortal danger from an unexpected source. Riding high on her newfound success, and exploring new emotional dimensions with Hayden and his family, Riley does not realize until too late that every new column increases the threat to her life.
A riveting story that searches explores and reveals goodness in an evil world.
--I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
You know when you sort of struggle through a book, then it all comes together at the end, and you're glad you read it? For me, that was the case with To Write A Wrong. It's taken me quite a while to read this, as there are lots of characters with many stories going on. It isn't a book you can read, put down, and come back to the next day or two without getting somewhat lost. I would like to see this author concentrate more on the main character, as Dee Henderson did in her O'Malley series.
Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for sending me the book for a review.
Hayden Simpson is the police commissioner of the small town of Hopewell, Louisiana. His biggest problem had been his little sister, Emily, getting into trouble but now he has to face a gruesome murder and it's only starting. What bad timing to meet the beautiful journalist who just happens to be staying at his mom's house. But murder don't step aside so love can blossom.
Riley Baxter is on the edge of losing her job and perhaps her whole journalism career. Her editor will give her one more chance to prove herself. While at Angola State Penitentiary for a hearing she meets a small family who have come to see their husband and father and been denied. What a story she sees here, how not only the prisoner is punished but their families as well. The story ends up more than she could imagine when she believes that Armand Wilson may truly be innocent. Can her stories be worth killing for?
The first book in this series is called, Injustice for All. Even though they can be stand alone books you may want to read that one first if you enjoy series and to know what happened before so you can understand the characters even better. This book has so many different angles that all come together. So many different emotions. Walking with the Wilson's and seeing what happened in their life when Armand went to prison, Wiley's struggle with wanting a drunk driver to stay in prison, getting inside the mind of the killer and seeing what makes him tick and so much more. Plenty of suspense and action along with surprises. And of course the romance.
One of my favorite genres is mystery/suspense. Always has been. But it can be tricky finding authors that are really masters of mystery/suspense. I prefer an author that can give me enough info that I can follow what the main characters are going through and make guesses along with them and try to figure things out for myself. I like giving myself a little pat on the back if I figure out the right bad guy before it is announced in the book or if I can predict a twist or turn coming up. What I don't like is when the author assumes I am not very bright and they think they have to take me by the hand and lead me through the storyline like I can't figure it out myself. Robin Caroll has firmly established herself as one of the really good suspense writers that can plant clues but not slap me in the face with the info. She builds her characters so well that I want to help them figure out what's going on instead of rooting for the bad guy to take them out and put me out of my misery.
In this particular book, a reporter, Riley takes on a supposedly "innocent man's" case as she tries to bring public awareness to the injustice his family is experiencing. She is dealing with her own injustice as the man that killed her parents in a drunk driving accident is up for parole. Mix in some issues with leading man, Hayden - the police commissioner with an unruly younger sister - and what you end up with is a book that will keep you up at night as you race to finish it and a deep part of yourself that will close the book when you finish and make you want to run out and find an innocent person to champion. I can't wait to see what Robin has in store next!