A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan

Janessa’s Pick:

Image(Viking Adult, 2013)

I’ll admit, I mostly picked up this book for the cover art — I’m a sucker for art with vivid colours and good composition. But I ended up really enjoying it.  I’m not normally a huge fan of mysteries, but I may have stayed up a little too late reading this one.

The story follows Jo Donovan, head of a literary agency, and widow of the famous author Hugo Donovan. After rejecting a rather persistent writer, the company’s e-mail is hacked, sending false messages out to clients. The attacks get progressively more and more serious until finally, murder is committed. A client, a former FBI profiler, volunteers to help get to the bottom of this, as well as a member of the NYPD, who happens to be an old friend of Jo’s.

What I liked most about this book was the character development. Without spoiling too much, Jo starts off in the shadow of her husband and her best friend that ran the agency before her. She believes her position to be charity, something she received only because of the connections she made. Throughout the investigation, she discovers the truth about herself and her past, and becomes a lot stronger because of it.

While I might not call it a masterpiece, it was an enjoyable ride full of believable characters and exciting, well-paced action.

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