If you're looking for a glorious romance or an uncomplicated light read, look elsewhere. This is a big book. And let me start out by saying that I love big books. It seems like the thicker they are, the more I'm drawn to them.
One thing that I loved about this story was how deep and real the characters were. I honestly feel like Paul Falcon is going to walk right out of Chicago's FBI station with a coffee in one hand and an important case in the other. And of course, being a girl, I love how Paul was such a pursuer. Woman love men who are willing to work for them, and all the little things he did was really what won him Ann's heart.
The whole plot was worked around such crazy stuff, and it all somehow all found it's way intertwined and resolved by the end of the book. I loved it and my only regret is that I didn't pick up a Dee Henderson novel sooner. It was my first book of hers and I found it worked great as a standalone book.
Highly recommended to readers who love a good suspense that will last them longer then a day or two.
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!