by Kerry Peresta
May 8 - June 2, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Three years ago, Olivia Callahan endured an assault that resulted in a devastating brain injury. She survived, but she couldn't remember anything about her life or who she was. Now, she's determined to build a bridge between the past she lost and the life she must reclaim.
When Olivia crosses paths with PI Tom Stark, she is drawn to the investigative field, and becomes his intern. She finds a heavily redacted, forty-five-year-old file locked in his desk drawer that mentions her mother as a young woman. Why had her mentor hidden the file from her, and why had he never mentioned a case involving her mother?
As Olivia moves forward with her fledgling career, a string of mysterious fires moves through the community, puzzling the Baltimore Arson Investigative Unit. One of the fires strikes Olivia's beloved farmhouse in rural Maryland. Now, in addition to uncovering the secrets bound within the redacted file, she becomes convinced that the fires happening around the area are disturbing calling cards…and they're meant for her.
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While this is the third in a series, it reads pretty well on its own. Peresta provides good back story early on to help understand the ongoing story. The only aspect of the novel that might be puzzling is the somewhat erratic behavior of Olivia, especially with respect to her boyfriend. She is a flawed person but with good reason. She has lots of baggage and some empty bags, parts of her past missing.
The mystery is this novel is good but a little complex, involving arson, political corruption, a past agreement as well as a present infatuation. Add to that Olivia's determination to clear up a big mystery in her past and it makes for lots going on.
Peresta's writing style is good and the plot moves along at a good pace. I would recommend reading the prior novels to fully appreciate this one.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Traditional mystery or Suspense
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: March 2023
Number of Pages: 323
Series: The Olivia Callahan Suspense series, 3 | Each is a Stand Alone Novel
Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)