Top positive review
A good read for someone who likes a lot of detail...
April 19, 2017
Unholy Alliance follows the story of the wrongfully-convicted and recently-released Tori, who was framed for a murder she witnessed by the real killers, the Irish mob. After she is exonerated, her goal is to find her missing cousin, also an innocent witness to the crime that put Tori away, and to realize her dream of opening a food truck. She is truly starting over and is, in some ways, alone. Her family is strategically keeping its distance given the danger they’re all in and Tori has to build a new life for herself. Caught up in the story is Grady, the defense attorney who appealed Tori’s case and sprung her from prison. They join forces to find Vivienne and bring the real criminals to justice. In the process, Tori and Grady explore their attraction and embark on somewhat of a torrid love affair.
The technical writing was SUPER strong. If you read any sentence, paragraph, or page in isolation, you will find nicely-assembled sentences, good descriptions and a great command of language. What didn’t work as well for me was the painstaking detail, which made plot progression slow, and which made it hard to know what to focus on. The author writes a play-by-play of each scene and does a lot of one-day-to-the next chronological storytelling. It was simply too difficult for me to keep track of the many characters and settings that were introduced (many of which turned out to be superfluous to the plot). This detracted from my sense of action and, for me, it bogged the story down.
With all that said, I think that readers who prefer a detailed style would really enjoy this book, and I will acknowledge that level of detail in books can be a personal preference. The bones of the story were good, and the author clearly had a well-thought-out plan for every scene and character. I would recommend this book to somebody who enjoys being taken for a long journey, and is most satisfied by books that create a slow burn.