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  • Absolutely mesmerizing...

    This is the second book in the Amara Alvarez series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the first one, this story can be fully enjoyed as a standalone. The author, Tom Threadgill, always provides a rich reading experience, and this book is no exception. In this story, Amara has finally realized her ambition of earning a position with the homicide division. As their newest member, she receives a fairly cool welcome from some of the squad who feel she has not “paid her dues”. They feel she was promoted too quickly as a result of her celebrity when she solved a high profile case (the subject of the first book). She is undaunted by this reception and dedicates herself wholly to the task of solving her first case as a newly minted homicide detective. The case proves to be a difficult one for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that, at first, there is no definitive proof that the death of a teenage boy was actually the result of homicide. Between the unfriendly work environment, a questionable homicide, a newly emerging family crisis, and a sudden problem with her credit cards and bank accounts, Amara has her hands full in no time. I enjoy the way the author divides the focus on the professional and the personal issues in Amara’s life. She is a believable and authentic character that is easy to identify with and become invested in. Also, Larry, her pet iguana, is a real scene stealer. The story line is meticulously crafted and provides some fascinating information as Amara familiarizes herself with such issues as cybersecurity, ransomware, cryptocurrency, and covert messaging using online gaming so that she can understand just what may have led to the death of the teenager. Tragedy, suspense, drama, humor, and a touch of romance are all deftly woven into a captivating tale that kept me flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning. This is an amazing book that I think will be enjoyed by all. I was provided with an advance copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • good whodunnit

    A new detective in San Antonio’s homicide squad, Amara Alvarez has to earn her stripes, despite her heroic efforts in a previous kidnaping case. Given an apparent suicide case to confirm, things spiral out of control as she becomes the victim of a cyber stalker and is under pressure to close the case. Despite the hard time given to her by her colleagues, Amara’s relentless pursuit of justice coincides with problems in her personal life. A good whodunnit with strong character development, Tom Threadgill builds the suspense and action to reveal a potential new detective series. An enjoyable crime thriller that builds nicely to a resolution of the crimes, with a three-and-a -half star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes.

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  • Strong Characters Living Realistic Lives!

    I was under the impression that Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill was the first book in the series, from the way the synopsis read and since there is no indication on the jacket that this is a series. So I was a bit surprised when Threadgill started mentioning a previous case. There was enough context that I didn’t get confused, I was just expecting to be introduced to the character more… but that was already done in Collision of Lies. You don’t have to read the first book (obviously, since I didn’t), but I think it is advisable since Threadgill excels at in depth character writing. Threadgill really was able to capture a detective’s life not just at the station, but her everyday. The way he incorporated her relationship with her fellow detectives, love interest, and family was phenomenal. While I was interested in the case and the mystery, at times I found myself more drawn to her personal life. As far as the case went, at first I was a bit… not bored, but concerned with the style of writing. So many police procedurals are fast paced. While they are trying to solve the case there is still a lot of action, but Threadgill really focuses on every step of the case. Once I realized this was how the book was going to read, it was much more enjoyable. I thought Threadgill did a very good job with making cybercrimes easy to understand for someone who isn’t an expert on them or who may not be into technology. He was able to do this by incorporating interesting characters with believable emotions. Network of Deceit was a great read, especially if you enjoy strong characters with realistic lives. I would suggest reading Collision of Lies first since I think you’ll get even more out of the story. And I look forward to seeing how Amara handles her bully at work, how her relationship with Starsky progresses, and how her family continues to support each other in upcoming books.

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  • Network of Deceit

    Network of Deceit is the second installment from the Amara Alvarez series by Tom Threadgill. I had the pleasure of reading the first book, Collision of Lies, and had been eagerly waiting for this one to release. I was definitely not disappointed. It was so very good. It was great catching up with Amara. She once again gets involved with suspense filled mystery and non stop action. I was hooked from page one. With the twists and turns, there was no way of predicting of how it was going to end. Network of Deceit is getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I am hoping that there will be more books releasing from the Amara Alvarez series in the near future. Tom Threadgill has earned himself a new fan. I received Network of Deceit from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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  • Action packed.

    Captivating, emotional and interesting. The characters were very interesting, each bring their own flavour to the story and complimenting the plot immensely. The twist and turns of the story kept me reading and reading. Every educative too. The action was thrilling, the suspense and intrigue lipbiting. The author is am amazing storyteller. I received a copy of this book from Revell and this is my honest opinion.

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