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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bea Reviews Truth Be Told by Kendra Elliot

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Truth Be Told, Kendra Elliot
Series: Rogue Justice #2
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: November 7th, 2017 
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Blurb from goodreads:

A torrential two-day storm has cut off the small town of Solitude, Oregon, from the outside world. But for police officers Stevie Duncan and her husband, Zane, the ravages of nature have nothing on the nature of man. In the last forty-eight hours, a child was a mute witness to a double homicide; an unidentified body has washed up on the riverbanks; and now, at the foot of a submerged bridge, two FBI agents have been found shot to death inside their SUV. What’s worse, the young charge they were enlisted to protect has gone missing.

With the only exit out of town washed away, Stevie and Zane know that the murderer is trapped. But whatever’s going on in Solitude is far from over—because as sure as the receding water, the killer is going to resurface.

My Thoughts:

A missing child, dead FBI agents, a torrential rain - once again, Solitude is a hot bed of crime. This tiny town has an amazing amount of crime, particularly murders and kidnapping. Even including the larger county as a setting, it stretches credibility at times. I'd love to see the police on a case outside of town for a change of pace.

Anyway, "Truth Be Told" picks up shortly after the first book ended. The boy who was rescued in the first book is now missing, his uncle is missing, and there are now 2 dead FBI agents. Stevie and Zane are not only looking for the boy and his uncle but the boy's father while dealing with the flooding and its complications. Add in embezzling and some unexpected Taylor family news, and this novella is non-stop.

I love reading about the Taylor family, their problems and joys, their relationships, and their jobs. They're not a perfect family, they get on each other's nerves, fight, and have problems but they stand together, help each other, and go above and beyond in their jobs. As in the first book, the focus is on the mysteries but there's more focus on Stevie and Zane's relationship and the Taylor family. While most of the stories in the Rogue River novella have focused on the sisters, Stevie and Carly, Bruce has been getting more page time recently. And it looks like changes, good changes, are in store for their mother, Patsy.

"Truth Be Told" was fast paced, complicated, and definitely doesn't work as a stand alone. Read the first Rogue Justice book, "Twisted Truth" by Melinda Leigh and to really appreciate the character and their growth, read all of the Rogue River novellas in order. But "Truth Be Told" was a suspenseful, engaging story full of intrigue and double crosses.

My review of book 1, Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh

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