WHEN BAD GETS WORSE Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed the character of Jane and hoped she would cross paths with Jack Anderson, the man she received two tender messages from, messages meant for his now-deceased wife. When events of the story brought these two together, I was intrigued as to how things would play out. Would they be able to escape professional hit men who only had one agenda - to silence Jane forever?
I truly enjoyed that the story touched on a budding romance between two people without having to read graphic details of a bedroom scene. A very refreshing story which wrapped up quickly yet had a satisfactory resolution.
Another thing I always appreciate is when a story takes place in a specific place and gets the details right. Geographic faux pas are one of my pet peeves. Murray got the details right, not only geographically, but the culture and attitudes of the people in the Twin Cities area, where Takedown is set.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Takedown by Anna Murray is a very fast paced read. The characters were fun and well developed. I genuinely liked Jane. She was intelligent, spunky and had a great sense of humor. Jake was a true gentleman and you came to feel for the guy once learning all he has been going through.
Murray takes the reader on a whirl wind ride of intrigue and conspiracy with an added touch of romance that was pleasant to read without overpowering the rest of the story. For me, there is a fine line between fast paced edge of your seat action and suspense and a story being too fast and furious. My personal opinion is that Takedown leaned to the side of too fast, as in things seemed to get wrapped up entirely too quickly and cleanly to make the story believable.
Even with Takedown being a bit to cleanly wrapped up, for me, I still enjoyed the story and the characters and would definitely suggest this one for others to read.
The amount of info crammed into a very short story. I'm not exactly why that date was chosen, but someone who knows could tell me.
I liked the characters, the dialogue, the portrayal of the villain was good.
Even though it stretched my belief, I do like the way the story flowed and there were some nice surprises. The anxious moments passed quickly and the story connected the dots well.
The romance aspect was awkward, but oddly, they were two awkward people so well Awkwards R' Us.
Things I didn't like:
The coincidence of the accidental H turning out to be someone who was an expert in the field he was in and knew about the villains (as such), him being such a crack shot also was a little too deus ex machina.
The pace of the story was too fast, like someone telling you something and not stopping to take a breath. It actually detracted from reading it and I put it down several times just to take MY breath. Pauses, even for a paragraph, give the reader a chance to process.
When the h realizes what has happened back at work, she literally doesn't even stop to assess, gather her bearings or even cry. Even when she's in a relatively safe place. I found that jarred me out of the story. Just a few minutes to cry or grieve would have been more believable, a moment of freak out would have been real--- but to instantly to go to retribution?
Changing of POV in the middle of a paragraph "She admired his ____" "He admired her full lips."
The Epilogue-- Odd and it didn't make sense. Yes, I know it was something big, but it went right over my head.
I probably won't re-read this, but I will read other books by the author.