Reign of Error by Christy Barritt
Sometimes in life, you just want to yell “Take two!”
When a Polar Plunge goes terribly wrong and someone dies in the icy water, former TV detective Joey Darling wants nothing to do with subsequent investigation. But when her picture is found in the dead man’s wallet and witnesses place her as the last person seen with the man, she realizes she’s been cast in a role she never wanted: suspect.
Joey makes the dramatic mistake of challenging the killer on camera, and now it’s a race to find the bad guy before he finds her. Danger abounds and suspects are harder to find than the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. But when Joey finds a connection with this case and the disappearance of her father, she knows there’s no backing out.
As hard as Joey tries to be like her super detective alter ego, the more things go wrong. Will Joey figure this one out? Or will her reign of error continue?
I really enjoyed the first book in this series was was excited when I heard the author was coming out with the second book so quickly after the first one (I hate waiting a long time for a sequel to be released).
Joey is an interesting character. She gets involved where she shouldn't, but she seems very real. She has a good goal, but doesn't always go about it in the best way. There were times I wanted to shake her for not sharing information with the authorities, but it was somewhat understandable since she wasn't sure who she could trust and how everyone was involved with her father's disappearance.
I liked the potential for a couple of relationships presented in the last book, and those carry through this book as well. Sometimes the love triangle thing bothers me, but it didn't seem bad in this book because Joey is still getting to know Jackson and Zane. We get to learn good and bad about both of them, and it's sort of fun trying to decided who would be best for her.
The use of similes in this book was excessive, but it did keep the mood light in the midst of life threatening situations.
I had in my mind that I was not really close to finishing the book when it ended (the paperback I have had another 40+ pages of previews at the end), so the ending felt a bit rushed. The immediate issue in the story was resolved, but it was left open to solve a few ongoing situations.
I was happy to hear that the next book was just released, so it'll be nice to have very little waiting to find out what's in store for Joey.
Author: Christy Barritt
Published: February 2017
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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