I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore
Series: The Line of Duty #1
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Incorporated on 2017
Genres: Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Romance, Suspense
Tess O'Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.
Winning over the residents of Rogue's Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing and the woman's cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff's deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue's Hollow's first murderer, she worries that she's breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.
I sit here staring at a blank page not sure how to proceed. I finished this book last night without an abundance of fanfare. It was entirely too many hours past bedtime, which I paid for all day, but it wasn’t like jumping from my fuzzy socks exciting. .I enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, getting to know the characters. I just didn’t fall in love with the story. It’s like someone forgot to glue the glitter when they poured it on.
The characters were well developed and memorable. There were a few too many for my ability to remember names and I would frequently have to go looking back to figure out who was who. That is always a me problem and seems to be more prevalent in the first book in a series as the stage is set for the continuation. I think where it fell apart for me was truly in the plot. I’ll talk about the actual mystery of the whodunit later because that was amazing! I couldn’t get into all the different ideas going around. I know some were there to carry the mystery but at times some of the events felt more like filler than anything to actually propel the story forward, Bubba Magee, comes to mind. I mean I get it in the aspect that he is something that is part of her new community but it was just awkward I guess. There are other things like that but I don’t want to waste time listing them all because we gotta talk mystery.
Red herring? Check. Convoluted string of coincidences? Check. Unreliable witness? Check. Weird little vignette of the actual killer? Check. (This was weird and awkward honestly. It didn’t fit since it was just a one-off in the middle of the book that wasn’t repeated before or after.) Twisted theme of lies and half-truths to unravel? Check. The perfect setup you could say. I didn’t figure this one out before I was supposed to which is always a plus in my book. Yes, much of the book left me wanting but the actual purpose of the book, the mystery, was wrapped up so perfectly in that it didn’t follow a direct path. I followed it through all the random rabbit trails and potholes. I had a few ideas of who was involved. I wasn’t always right but then again they were part of the greater coverup so there’s that right?