The Acquittal

The Acquittal The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin New Private Investigator Josie Harper has been hired to clear the name of publisher Lauren Wade Though having been acquitted of the murder of her lover, Lauren is unwilling to cooperate and has the kidnapping of her parents looming over her head Josie has her own problems besides solving her first case as a PI.The Acquittal is an intriguing, suspenseful read Full of twists and turns that leave the reader guessing And the ending was one that I never expected, but left me with a lot of unanswered questions.This book is unique The characters are interesting I especially related to Josie s battle with mental illness and her somewhat strained interactions with the people closest to her as a result But I felt like there was a lot missing as well I wanted of a backstory There were hints at it, but nothing concrete.Maybe I just wanted of the characters than the here and now If you can get past that, and focus on the mystery of the situation, it is a great mystery.Disclaimer I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. Ex Chicago Cop And New PI Josie Harper Has Been Hired By An Outside Group To Clear The Name Of Publisher Lauren Wade, Recently Acquitted Of The Murder Of Her Lover That Means Finding The Real Killer, A Task Made Difficult By Lauren S Unwillingness To Cooperate And A Large Family Problem Lauren S Parents Have Been Kidnapped For A Ransom She Can No Longer Pay Josie Has A Big Challenge Of Her Own How To Redeem Herself After Losing Her Job As A Detective When Josie And Lauren Join Forces To Rescue The Parents, They Discover They Make A Great Team, In Ways Than OneWill Josie S Troubled Past Come Back To Haunt Her And Who Did Kill Lauren S Lover Advance copy from Netgalley for honest review.This was of a thriller than anything else I cannot even imagine having my parents kidnapped by my brother and then doing what he tells me to or they die Lauren is a very strong person but eventually comes to her breaking point when she not only saves her ungrateful parents but they fire her from the job she loves without so much as a thank you Lauren s life is really sad and I m actually surprised it took her that long to hold on before she snapped Between having your lover killed and being accused of her murder to having a very psychotic brother who enjoys killing and maiming people to her parents getting kidnapped.it s too much for one person to handle Josie has it rough too dealing with a bipolar disorder that hit the extremes and caused a scene at her job in front of the whole precinct Now she s a PI who s dealing with her medication and trying to stick to her one alcohol a day rule The author did a very good job describing and letting the audience know when Josie was in an episode, it was very clear and precise In the end Josie got someone to spend her life with and can deal with her disorder, which I think is good. One of the best lesfic mysteries I ve read in a long time Laughlin s pacing and plotting are excellent, and she has created a complicated but lovable protagonist dealing as best she can with bipolar issues think Clare Danes in Homeland There s romance but the story is not a romance and there s enough humor to keep the novel from being overly dark.Only two things threw me off dated chapters, which seemed wholly unnecessary, and the protagonists Herculean efforts in a full leg cast Minor details to be sure Overall, The Acquittal is an outstanding lesfic mystery. I have read and reread and retained this author s VERITAS and RUNAWAY but THE ACQUITTAL reads like the author is suffering the same mental illness as her main character The writing is surprisingly scattered, all over the place the development illogical, as if the writer is under the influence of demons or mind altering substances Also unsettling is the author photo on the paperback s back cover it looks nothing like the photo on the cover of Veritas So maybe The Acquittal was written by a counter force of the Veritas author Curious What a waste. The plot of this book was just too flawed From the bit too far fetched overall plot to the twists and turns that made no sense, then add the strange ending where the protagonist guesses at who might have been the murderer it was not a satisfying read to say the least Good writing, but terrible plotting Perhaps the author should change genres. This was a really interesting read and a new spin on the noire kind of detective I really enjoyed seeing how Josie s struggle with bipolar affected her career and decisions Lots of shadow and dark in this piece, and it pulls you in. I can t help it, I liked it A book full of crazy bitches, and a lot of unexpected twists once you get past the annoying blackmail bs I like the authors ability to write outside the box and will check out her other books. I really, really wanted to like this book I ve read two others by the author and enjoyed them particularly Veritas but I just couldn t get into The Acquittal I couldn t buy into the kidnapping plot at all and the characters just didn t make me want to care much about them The entire romantic sexual plot aspects between Josie and Lauren felt wrong to me and really took away from my enjoyment of the book There were also a few typosI will say that I thought the author did a really good job of making me feel it when Josie was experiencing her manic episodes I d probably go 2.5 but I can t do that I ll rate it a solid three over at since 2 here and 3 there both mean It was OK and that s how I felt about it.

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  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • The Acquittal
  • Anne Laughlin
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781626392038

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