The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan - Excerpt, Review, Q&A

The Wrong Victim : A Novel  Allison Brennan On Sale Date: April 26, 2022 9780778312307 Hardcover $26.99 USD 464 pages I am super excited to be part of the Harlequin Book/MIRA Books blog tour for Alison Brennan's newest book The Wrong Victim, which released on April 26, 2022. Book Summary A bomb explodes on a sunset charter cruise out of Friday Harbor at the height of tourist season and kills everyone on board. Now this fishing and boating community is in shock and asking who would commit such a heinous crime—the largest act of mass murder in the history of the San Juan Islands. Was the explosion an act of domestic terrorism, or was one of the dead the primary target? That is the first question Special Agent Matt Costa, Detective Kara Quinn, and the rest of the FBI team need to answer, but they have few clues and no witnesses. Accused of putting profits before people after leaking fuel endangered an environmentally sensitive preserve, the West End Charter company may itself have bee

Cut and Run (Lucy Kincaid, #16) by Alisson Brennan

Title: Cut and Run
Author: Alisson Brennan
Series: Lucy Kincaid
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle
No. of Pages: 448
Date of Publication: March 31, 2020

Description: FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is dead-set on solving a cold case - even if the original investigators stonewall her every step of the way. A violent storm has uncovered the remains of a family that authorities assumed fled the country years ago to avoid prosecution. But the body of the youngest Albright son never turned up. If the child is dead, why wasn’t his body found with his parents? If he’s alive, where has he been...and what does he know? Now, Lucy and her partner, Nate, must reconstruct an old crime to find a missing child in the present day.

Meanwhile, investigative reporter Maxine Revere is called to San Antonio. A confessed killer of a young woman named Victoria has recanted his statement, which opens the door to a whole new world of secrets and betrayal. Max hires Sean Rogan, Lucy’s husband and a seasoned PI, to help. The discovery that Victoria might be connected to the Albright family leads Max, Sean, and Lucy to the darkest corridors of corporate crime. But how can they untangle this complex web to find justice for the victims...and the killer in their midst?

My Thoughts: If you have not figured it out already, you will soon figure out that I quite enjoy Alisson Brennan's books. This is the 16th Lucy Kincaid book in the series. I have not read all of the books in the series yet and I have not felt like I am at a disadvantage because of it.

In general Alisson Brennan fashion, this story follows more than one case/story at a time. I am not a huge fun of this style, because I find it difficult to keep all of the different cases/stories straight. I really like a book where it is easy to follow. 

This book follow's FBI agent Lucy in her investigation of a cold case after bodies of a family were found that were thought to have escaped to Mexico. It also follows Max Revere who is working on a separate case, a murder case, and has hired Lucy's husband, Sean, for security of the possible suspect who has recanted his confession. In addition to these two cases, it also follows the story of another individual who is in hiding (don't want to say too much, as I don't want to give anything away).

I found that I was quite interested more in the story of the individual in hiding than I was in the other two cases. One thing that I don't like about having more than one case at the same time going on in a story is that it is hard to figure out at first if the cases are all connected or not. In my opinion, writing a book in this style makes the book feel disjointed and not flow as smoothly.

Lucy and Max are two very different types of characters and I am still not sure if I like Max or not. I quite enjoy Lucy and her family.  I would like to learn more about Lucy's husband, Sean, or even a book about Sean and what he does. He seems to have an interesting job and past, plus some interesting relatives and friends and I think he could be a good spin off story.

Rating: All in all I would give this book a 3 out of 5. As previously stated, the story felt disjointed to me with three different cases going on. There is quite a bit of action that goes on towards the in, especially when the local police department and the FBI start to get involved. The question comes up is their a cover up? Are the local police department corrupt or just some of their police officers? I also found that I really only enjoyed the story of the individual who was in hiding.

Purchase book: Amazon

About the Author: 
Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the Max Revere Novels (AbandonedShattered) and the Lucy Kincaid Novels (Cut and RunNothing to Hide) She was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by the International Thriller Writers and is a two-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award by Kiss of Death.

Married for more than a quarter of a century, Allison and her husband Dan raised five children. They recently relocated from California to Arizona with their two youngest where they are looking forward to baseball's Spring Training and exploring the Grand Canyon.



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