Kane, a security consultant for Welch HOA Management, finds the first
victim, Andy Fyke, crumpled at the bottom of a flight of stairs.
Kylee suspects his fall’s no accident and is tied to Andy’s
campaign to prohibit rentals in his Hilton Head Island community.
Yet, Andy’s obvious enemies have ironclad alibis.
When another Lowcountry HOA retiree dies in a hit-and-run boat tragedy, Kylee begins to think the incidents are linked—even though the victims and their assailants have little in common.
The link is the Chameleon, an Artificial Intelligence expert, who can create a deepfake of almost anyone—living or dead. Even more frightening is the Chameleon’s ability to seek out disturbed souls and laser-focus their rage. A talent employed to compel subjects to act as surrogate assassins.
When Kylee begins to pursue the Chameleon, the AI expert decides it’s time to groom an assassin to permanently sideline Kylee.
Lovely creates entertaining and unique plots. That a person could convince another to kill through fake videos and anonymous texts is chilling. This novel certainly draws attention to the possibility of technology being used to influence others to do evil. We get snippets of the villain's thinking early on so we know who it is. We readers see how Kylee uncovers the villain.
There is quite a bit about community life as Kylee is part of a housing management team. Who knew people could get so aggravated over proposed changes in the covenants of a home owners' association the result could be deadly!
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has spent most of her career working in PR and advertising—an early introduction to penning fiction. With Neighbors Like These is Lovely’s ninth mystery/suspense novel. Whether she’s writing cozy mysteries, historical suspense or contemporary thrillers, her novels share one common element—smart, independent heroines. Humor and romance also sneak into every manuscript. Her work has earned nominations for a number of prestigious awards, ranging from RWA’s Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense to Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery. A long-time member of Sisters in Crime and former chapter president, Lovely also belongs to International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For many years, she helped organize the Writers’ Police Academy. She lives on a lake in Upstate South Carolina with her husband, and enjoys swimming, tennis, gardening, long walks, and, of course, reading. You can find out more at www.LindaLovely.com.
(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.)