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The Golden Girl: A completely unputdownable crime thriller (Jessie Tucker Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B085NT5SM7
- Publisher : Bookouture (June 8, 2020)
- Publication date : June 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2089 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1838882677
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Journalist Jessie Tucker wants to know the answer to these questions but Maura proves to be a bit of an enigma. Daughter of NYPD Deputy Commissioner Mike Walsh she has had a spotless career to now, but Jessie uncovers hints of corruption and mob involvement as well as possible family secrets in Maura's past that leave Jessie questioning what Maura was really up to.
With a slow build up to raise a lot of questions and get a feel for the characters, this is a suspenseful thriller with quite a few twists in the plot and a thrilling ending. Jessie has been through a horrendous attack in her past that left her near death, which means she doesn't shy from asking the hard questions and standing up to the mob and dirty cops. She's smart with a wry sense of humour and like a good journalist follows leads logically without key facts somehow falling into her lap. This is the second book in the series and it works well as a stand alone, although I do intend to learn more about Jessie's background by reading the first book before continuing with the series.
The Golden Girl, which is set a few months after the events in The Silent Victim, kicks off when police officer Maura Walsh is shot and killed in an alley among the mean streets of New York. Not just any police officer, Maura is the daughter of the NYPD police commissioner Mike Walsh so you can imagine what hits the fan! When the police at first have no suspects, news reporter Jessie Tucker becomes embroiled in the case. What she uncovers is more than she bargained for, and opens up one big giant can of worms! But in true Jessie form, she doesn’t back down, even at the risk to her own life.
The New York setting is the perfect backdrop to the series. It is not like Friends catching up at central perk for coffee all sunshine and roses, it is more Law & Order SVU, which depicts the darker, seedier and gritty side to it, but this one showcases a precinct with dirty cops involved in corruption and ties to the underworld. I really find these types of stories fascinating as to the reasons why some police officers choose to go down that path.
It was great to catch up with Jessie again to see how she fared after the events from The Silent Victim. She is one resilient woman, but we do see her vulnerable side rise to the surface again, even more so this time around. She sees herself in Maura and it nearly becomes an obsession for her in getting justice, as she pushes the boundaries to do just that. There is also a subplot that is very personal to Jessie and I look forward to it being explored more in future books.
With each new character that was brought into the story, it also brought a new suspect into the mix. You are kept second guessing everyone and in true Dana Perry form, nothing it what it seems. There is definitely no room to be complacent when reading this book and as he did in The Silent Victim, Dana hoodwinks you again! He is totally the master at doing this and I love it!
Dana held me captive right from the prologue till the end. There was no way I could tear myself away even if I wanted too! I couldn’t get enough and devoured it in one sitting! What makes this series stand out for me is Dana’s experience of working in the New York media, so he brings an authentic account and realism to the story. His writing is very engaging and he sure knows how to throw in twists and turns and shocking revelations, which he does in The Golden Girl in spectacular fashion!
The Golden Girl is everything I could have hoped for and more. It can be read as a stand-alone and does rehash the events from The Silent Victim, but you would be missing out on another brilliant story by not it reading it first. This really is an exciting series and I will be waiting so impatiently for book three! Can you hear me tapping my fingers on my desk Dana…
It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Golden Girl which I can’t recommend highly enough. Congratulations on another winner Dana!
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dana Perry for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Golden Girl which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Top reviews from other countries
Journalist Jessie Tucker feels an empathy with Officer Walsh, having been attacked and left for dead twice in the last twelve years. Beginning to investigate her death for a main feature in her newspaper Jessie find compelling evidence of bribes, hush money, and protection rackets involving Maura and her partner. What she doesn't know is whether it has anything to do with her death but she is determined to find out.
This is the second Jessie Tucker book and I hope it won't be the last. I liked Jessie much more this time and although her own past is still important her attention is far more focused on what happened to Maura Walsh which gave her far more interesting and multifaceted personality than first time around. I enjoyed the scenes set at the newspaper, they felt realistic and there was a camaraderie running alongside the rivalry which made for excellent reading.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first book and wants to continue Jessie's adventure. It isn't vital to read them in order as there is enough information to prevent any confusion.
Jessica wants to solve the murder of police office Maura Walsh who was left in an alley to die.
Once the story is set up and Jessica is on a mission you wont be able to put the book down.
I so did not guess the ending !
Dana Perry throws quite a few curve balls at the reader and she does it very well.
This is book 2 but great as a stand alone .
I am now off to add book one to my collection and will be first in line for book 3 in the series.