Book Review: Tangled Webs

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Back Cover Copy: After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not.

Tangled Webs is the third installment of her Men of Valor series. This story functions as a stand alone. You won’t feel like you are missing anything if you jump in on this one.

My Review: I’ll start by saying that I am no suspense expert. I requested to review this book in part because I admire a suspense writer’s ability to keep pages turning and tension building within their plot. I have a lot to learn in that department.

I expected Tangled Webs to have me on the edge of my seat based on the back cover blurb and the characters that had already drawn my interest by description. However, I struggled to stay invested in the story. For me, I had too much information too soon. The author neatly laid out the problems, motives, and plans of all the characters early in the book, and I was left with little question about what was going to happen next.

I did a little research being that I am not a regular suspense reader. It is a hallmark of suspense to give the reader more information than the characters have early in the story to build tension as you watch the characters piece things together.

When I was reading however, I felt like I was on the outside looking in. As soon as the writer sparked a question in my mind, I felt like she immediately answered it in the next couple of lines whether it was a question about the plot or a question about character development. At times, I felt the dialogue to be too “on the nose.” I like the tension built by reading beyond what the characters say out loud.

The characters all had great bio stories.

Based on reviews I’ve read, many people enjoy this book by multi-published author Irene Hannon. For those of you who like writers who “get to the point,” this would be  a great book to try. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea. I guess I was expecting the webs to be a little more tangled.

If you would like to give this book a chance, I’ll pass on my copy to the first person to e-mail at amanda@hopeperch.com. Tell me in 25 words or less what you love about reading, and include your mailing address. If this paragraph is still here, the book is still available! I can only ship to addresses inside the United States.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


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