Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CFBA Tour: Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

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"Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. 

Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. 

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. 

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is..."

Reading Status: 20-50 pages left (almost finished)

I've heard many great things about Dee Henderson's novels, so I was eager to get into her latest novel, Full Disclosure. This is not the usual fun and fluffy romance. Dee Henderson digs deep below the surface of romance and offers the most realistic look at love that I've read in a novel to date. The overall mood of the novel is somber, with many dark secrets and deep, complex characters. The characters' relationship with God is deep and personal, as well, which I liked. And the FBI case was intriguing.

Despite its many good qualities, it was hard to get into the book. The too-descriptive writing bogged down the flow of the book and caused me to want to shout, "Enough with the details, already!" And though the premise of the book was interesting, I kept reading only because I anticipated something interesting and WOW to happen; yet, it didn't come. And the secrets that were supposed to be "shocking" were not delivered with much punch since the author hinted at them beforehand- not allowing me as the reader to be "wowed."

The characters were unique in that they were very complex- especially Ann. Paul was a kind and loving hero but Ann was somewhat intimidating. It was a little hard liking her in spite of the tragedies she endured.

Overall, I must say I'm rather disappointed in my first try of Dee Henderson's work. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. But perhaps the ending will save the novel for me. If you're already accustomed to Dee's writing, then maybe you'll enjoy her latest. Give it a try and see- especially if you like a well-researched and deeper-than-surface novel. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given**

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