The latest Goodreads giveaway novel this pedometer read was a novel by Jeffery Deaver called Solitude Creek. This suspense thriller is another in a series of books that stars Kathryn Dance. This reader has had the pleasure of reading both Roadside Crosses and XO previously. In fact, the only one I haven’t read is the first in the series, The Sleeping Doll, but I’m sure it is just a matter of time. In the meantime, this is the extended review of the fourth book in the series, Solitude Creek.
by Jeffery Deaver
Published by Grand Central Publishing, 2015
a division of the Hachette Book Group
To repeat, this suspenseful thriller features the California Bureau of Investigation (abbreviated as CBI) agent Kathryn Dance. The fourth in the series, they all can stand alone without the necessity of reading the others; however, having read two of the previous novels, they are definitely worth reading.
Dance is a kinesics (body language) expert for the CBI, which means she can read a person’s body language to tell if the person is lying or not. Whether it is her own children, her boyfriend, witnesses, or suspects, she can generally figure out the truth from the lies.
Kathryn, working on trying to break up a pipeline of drugs coming across the border, makes a major mistake in this case, which costs her badge in the Criminal Investigations department. She is now bumped down to the Civil Division unit (Civ-Div as it is referred to) and the loss of her firearm, yet at the same time, she is also ostensibly investigating a possible domestic terrorist case in which patrons were locked into a burning building, causing mayhem and death. Except there was no fire, just people being panicked into stampeding. So, is it a matter of insurance fraud by the owner? It is up to Dance to figure out what occurred at the nightclub, and she stretches her authority.
Added to this, Kathryn has two children and a boyfriend, who, with their own issues, add to the chaos of her life. Trying to keep a balance between her family and her work life, which at the present is the investigation of a killer, who is using fear as a weapon, is never easy. Twists and turns keep the action moving as Dance and her partner track down the devious killer, who seems to always be one step ahead of them. Deaver keeps the suspense building and the reader guessing until the very end in the complex story.