Monday, May 9, 2016

The Murder That Never Was by Andrea Kane

I came into this series reading this novel, the fifth one. I enjoyed it so much I've already gone back to the beginning, reading through the first three.

I like the characters. The Forensic Instincts team is an odd collection of people who are the best at what they do. Casey, head of the company, has collected them and manages to corral their distinctive personalities. I like how the team works. They have unquestioned loyalty to each other yet have lively arguments as to the next move forward. Being independent from law enforcement means they can get the job done without having to move within the confines of law enforcement protocol. With skills ranging from ex-FBI to technological wizardry to psychic insight, I'm glad they are good guys.

I like the complicated yet easy to follow plot. The central issue involves performance enhancing drugs and a narcissistic Russian scientist who wants to create the means to a smarter, faster, stronger human being. He'll stop at nothing to reach his goal of winning a Nobel Prize, including human experimentation, torture, and murder. No one seems to be able to stop him.

That's where FI comes in. Emma, the newest member on the team, convinces Casey to investigate a murder. Soon we readers are making our way through the ruthless world of underground drugs and the pressures of being an Olympics bound athlete. The pace of the plot is good. The investigative action is interspersed with suspense and events in the personal lives of the FI team. Although it is a long novel, the variety of action and character insight kept me avidly reading to the suspenseful end.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy a character driven novel of suspense and who are not put off by sexual scenes or ones of torture. Kane does well at describing action and there may be a bit too much violence for sensitive readers.

A note to my regular blog followers: This novel contains mild sex scenes, vulgar language, and swearing.

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My rating: 4/5 stars.

Andrea Kane is the bestselling author of over twenty five novels. She lives in New Jersey with her family. You can find out more at

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC Publication Date: May 17th 2016 Number of Pages: 384 ISBN: 1682320006 (ISBN13: 9781682320006) 

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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