Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Accused (Pacific Coast Justice Series #1) [Review]

Title: Accused
Author: Janice Cantore
Labels: Fiction | Christian | Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: January 20, 2012
Contains: Small amount of cursing, some other iffy elements. PG17.
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository | The Publisher

My Rating: (Didn't really like it)
Blurb From Goodreads: Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile--where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting--and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him. Carly's ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He's determined to show Carly that he's a changed man and win her back, but she isn't convinced he won't betray her again.As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.
          I may as well say this right from the start: I wasn't incredibly thrilled with this book. While the book is an easy read, it felt like it moved slowly. Occasionally the pace felt right when there was a more relaxed scene, but for the most part I felt like it should have been a tad faster.

          That said, I felt a bit disconnected from this story. Now, I'm a person who likes to feel connected to the characters and feel like I'm a part of what's going on. I didn't get that feeling with this book. Because I felt disconnected, I never felt any emotion toward any of the characters -- I didn't love the good guys, I didn't hate the bad guys. I didn't even really care when one of the main characters got hurt or ended up in a bad situation. Not good.

          The other thing I didn't like was the accusations of affairs. Now, I get that these things happen in real life, and I get that police probably have to deal with it a lot in their line of work. But I felt like every time I turned the page someone else was being accused of having an affair with someone. It was just wayy too much.

          There's not a whole lot more for me to say on this book, except that it was really easy to read. Despite feeling disconnected, it took no time at all to breeze threw it. If you like slow reads, you may like it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

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