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AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 27, 2016
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About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true observer of human and social behavior, bestselling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009. John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters. When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land. John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
Top Customer Reviews
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
This was my first John Mefford novel, but it won't be my last. I usually like to read the first book in a series to see if it has promise, & Book 1 definitely did that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by terry tibbs
At Dawn (the 4th in this series) was my first read, and after that, At Dusk. I enjoyed them so much I had to start at the beginning and bought the first 3. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon Scott
Book #1, in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series
Being the first in a running series the story centers mainly in getting to know the main player Alexandra Giordano( Alex). Read more
This is an amazing story. I can't wait to see where the adventures of Alex Troutt take us. John Mefford does a great job writing this story in a way that keeps you on the edge of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gcaver2
What can one say? Mefford's first book in the Alex Troutt Series is quite a barnburner! This book has it all - it definitely does Not start out boring and continues in that mode... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MAP
Loved this book. Already downloaded no.2
Very interesting getting to know Alex as she gets to know herself. Loved the way it picked up speed to the crescendo at the end
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