Monday, July 28, 2014

Notorious by Allison Brennan

Allison Brennan is the bestselling author of a number of series. Notorious is the first book in a new series. It stars Max Revere, the investigative reporter on a cold case television series.

I’ve never read any Brennan before but I enjoyed this book. Once I started I was engrossed and wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. I didn’t guess where the plot was going or the resolution of the mysteries. The beginning was excellent, the middle was mostly good if a little draggy, and the end was and intense and terrific (*see spoiler below). For the most part, the information about the police and the investigations seemed well researched and realistic (*again, see spoiler below).

I did have a little trouble connecting with Max. Abandoned by her mother as a child, she doesn’t know who her father is but inherited millions from her great-grandmother upon her death. However, there is a lot of room for character development of both Max and her new love interest in future books.

This is a fine start to a new series. If you like an investigative mystery, I recommend Notorious. It is available at the Galesburg Public Library under the author’s last name in the New Fiction area (or, if it’s checked out, you can be placed on hold). We have many other titles by Allison Brennan as well.

spoiler alert:

*Aside from the too Hollywood climax involving a dangerous stunt on a car for the heroine and a cop shooting out the tires of a car with small children inside. 

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