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Indiscretions: A Lesbian Detective Novel (Carpenter/Harding Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The characters are deeply flawed, but incredibly interesting and very well drawn. I absolutely root for them." -Annette Mori, author of Locked Inside
"This is the first book I have read in a long time where I could actually feel myself sitting up straighter, holding my breath, and my pulse quicken,and I loved it. The suspense (...) was out of control and I genuinely couldn't put this book down. At 3.47am, I finished what I had started a mere 5 hours before, and I have no regrets. Great pacing, great characters, great suspense. An all-round terrific book. -Erin, The Lesbian Review
"I was very impressed with this book and want to find out what is in store for the pairing. A really good read." -Kitty Kat's review blog
"The suspense of the building case, and relationship between Ellie Harding and Jordan Carpenter keep the story interesting and the plot moving at a good pace. Very gripping, and a great thriller crime novel. -LESBIreviewed
- Publication Date : May 28, 2015
- File Size : 1051 KB
- Print Length : 181 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00YHD65X2
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,980 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I felt this book could use another pass at copy and line editing. Run-on sentences and otherwise misused commas were, while not everywhere, were present often enough to be a distraction, as were awkward sentence construction and the occasional misused or missing word.
Also, note that this isn't really a standalone novel. While there is some resolution at the end, there is also a setup for the sequel, both in terms of the police work and in terms of the unresolved passion between the two protagonists.
All in all, a good effort and an engaging story. I may follow up and read the sequel.
Top reviews from other countries
Having survived an encounter with a masked attacker, Officer Harding makes it onto the team tasked with capturing the perpetrator of a series of kidnaps and murders.
Jordan Carpenter's girlfriend is a psychologist, attached to the FBI, who has blinded herself to the problems in her personal life, including her girlfriend's infidelity and obvious desire to leave.
With the attraction building between Harding and Carpenter, it’s only a matter of time before they succumb to their feelings. But as the investigation continues, it becomes clear that the man behind the crimes is a woman-hater who targets unfaithful women - those with multiple partners or female partners appear to be his personal favourites. The question is: how much danger are Harding and Carpenter in? And can they save his latest victim before it’s too late?
A solid read, well-written. I’m no overly-familiar with the way the US police service works so it took me a while to get to grips with who all the characters were to each other. That said, there were plenty of twists and turns and towards the end (no spoilers), my heart dropped down to my stomach. I’ll look forward to reading more from this series.
This is definitely one of those 'missed opportunity' books for me. Another of those 'didn't really understand or connect with the characters' sort of books which didn't engage my heart at all. The writing was adequate but not exceptional and the plot line much the same. I'd really rather read some Rainey Bell or Val McDermid... I think I'm going to try a Mari Hannah in the police procedural/thriller genre next...
Rookie cop Ellie Harding wants to be a detective as soon as possible. Back at work after recovering from an attack by a stranger, maybe she will get the chance to work with the detectives on a case of a sadistic killer, who’s murdered more than one women.
Detective Jordan Carpenter is struggling with more than this unsolved case. And there is this ever growing attraction for Ellie even though she’s still in an unhappy long-term relationship. Will she be able to catch the killer and find a solution for her private life.
The murder case was gripping and chilling and kept me on my toes, even though, as a minor flaw, I suspected who’s the murder before the detectives did. But it didn’t lessen the suspense.
In the beginning, the romance a little bit fast, but slowed down when there was so much going on in the precinct. The MCs had great chemistry and I was rooting for them to come together. The characters are real women and well developed with flaws like everybody.
It’s written alternatively from the POVs of Ellie and Jordan with a few short insertions from the murder. Sometimes this head-hopping was a little confusing.