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AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 27, 2016
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I first "met" John Mefford through a free copy of "Streets of Mayhem". When I got the chance to read AT Bay in return for a review, I took it. And I'm glad I did.
We meet Alex Troutt when she's in the hospital following a car accident, dealing with amnesia and wondering who all of the people are in her room. They try to tell her about herself...wife, mom, FBI agent...but she remembers none of it, although pieces work their way out of her brain as parts of the "old" Alex respond to various comments. (And she's typically a bit snarky, which is great.)
We follow her as she wonders why certain people (like the slutty nanny) are in her life, as she tries to figure out why she was in an accident, and as she tries to learn how to relate to her husband. Her ingrained skills come out as different situations arise, and she starts to realize that she really was a pretty good FBI agent. It's fascinating watching how her brain remembers little things (her former partner was a marathon runner, for example) while not remembering others (why does her daughter dress that way? what kind of mother was she? does she really love her husband?).
I gave this four stars because I got tripped up in a couple of places (partly because I live in the area where the story takes place and partly because of a couple of unresolved issues), but those things were really minor. I look forward to reading the next story in the series...Mefford has created a complex female character who will be dealing with a variety of issues for books to come. (Not all characters are as complex, at least not right now.)
As her memories start to return, she realizes that most of them are of her work, not her friends and family life. Her first case, involving a serial killer, sees her teaming up with her former partner, Nick. Now, not only must she find the killer, but she must find herself too!
I really enjoyed getting to know Alex. She’s sassy, smart, tough and obviously very good at her job. She questions herself as a wife and mother, as she deals with two precocious, rude children, an absent husband and a nanny that seems to have taken her role in the family. Her character was well developed through the book, so that although she (and the reader) had no idea who she really is, getting to know her was an intriguing journey. I’m sure further books in the series will reveal even more juicy tidbits.
The plot was well thought out, with a good thriller-feel and some interesting twists. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
If you haven't read anything of John W. Mefford's before, I highly recommend this book along with his Booker series. I should have learned by now that Mefford's ability to enthrall me in his books has no boundaries.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot believe how this plot develops. I could hardly put it down. His description puts you so in the scene and I think Alex is my favorite heroine of all of his series (and I... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Anne Pruett
This was a great read. I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series. A five star Must read book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Wanda Downs
Oh Wow…what a great new series. Alex is a a go getter of an FBI agent. Starts out after a bad car crash and she has no memory. But does this stop her…Heck no. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bernadette Polansky
I've read all the books in this series and can't wait for more. Definitely hard to put down.Published 1 month ago by Pat Engesser
Great read! Kept my interest all the way through. Just bought At Large, book 2.Published 1 month ago by Betty Mcintosh
From all the great reviews, I thought I would really like the Alex (Alexandra) Trout book. I didn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OverTheHill
Well written, great dialog, good pace..... Enjoyed this book and can't wait to get the next one. Did not have a dull boring chapter in it.Published 1 month ago by Linda Z Knight
Foul words, foul smells and foul people inhabit the world of Alex Troutt. Not a place I wish to visit as a reader. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gigi F.