Fran's elderly parents demand her presence every weekend and in addition to the long drive, she is expected to cook, clean, take care of the garden, and answer each request from crotchety parents who belittle her and depend on her.
At work, after driving back after a long, debilitating weekend, she is trying to cover her job and that of someone else as well. Exhausted and barely able to keep things together, Fran is struggling.
Mark Turner, colleague and friend, gets Fran a two-year-old case that will allow her some relief from trying to do too much. Mark has long been a friend, and it is clear that they care for each other...and that the caring could develop into something deeper.
The case Fran is working concerns a woman brutally attacked and left for dead. She remains in a vegetative state which has been pronounced permanent. Will Fran be able to determine who assaulted the woman?
I liked the plot and Fran's developing relationship with Mark Turner. As their friendship deepens into something more, each is able to offer support to the other, even as they are unsure about whether the other feels the same way.
While I liked the Kate Powers books, I like these characters better. Thanks, Cathy, for comment that gave me the heads up on this series. :) Oh, and for New Tricks, which I am enjoying.
Read in August.
Police Procedural. 2006. Print length: 396 pages.
I've read a couple of books by Allison Brennan, and each one has been fast-paced and suspenseful. On the minus side, the books are full of characters from previous books in the Lucy Kincaid series. Nevertheless, the books can be read as stand-alones.
from description: Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most certainly did not commit.
Cold as Ice is certainly as suspenseful as the other books I've read.
Strange how worried I can be for characters--when I know that in the end, things will work out. Nevertheless, I worried about Sean, feared Elise, and cheered all efforts to make sure the characters I cared about turned out OK. :) Brennan knows how to ratchet up the tension and keep her readers on edge.
Read in August; blog review scheduled for September 10.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Suspense/Thriller. Oct. 27, 2020. Print length: 480 pages.