The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😢🙃🙂
The heroine: Alice Thornton – She is a high school teacher and her day just went from bad to worse. It started out when she went to her car during a break between classes, only to find that it was the object of the senior prank and the students put it in a place she couldn’t drive it out of. Two minutes later she gets served by someone suing her for defamation for a character in the self published fiction novel she wrote along with a friend. To round out her awful day, she finds a heartthrob in her classroom who thinks he is the anti-hero, Anderson Holt, a CIA agent from her novel and he tells her she is in danger.
The Hero: Carter Beck – He is an ex-CIA agent and handler to a Russian agent who was feeding intel directly from the Kremlin. That agent was Nika, the same friend that Alice co-wrote her book with. The Russian woman was dying of cancer when she wrote the book and died before the book was complete.
The Story: Carter has been framed for the murder that was the plot in the book, because though much of the book was based on real people and facts, some of the story and the ending were completely made up by Alice when her friend got near death and could no longer give her input. Alice never thought the characters and storylines Nika gave her were real. Now it seems that the real killer is framing Carter based on the fact that Alice made him the killer in the book.
The book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Alan Carson and Stasia Newcomb. They did a great job and both have very pleasing voices. I really liked the premise of this one and I liked the characters. I just thought that the plot was too overly complicated. I didn’t like all the flashbacks to Carter and Nika and their relationship and missions together. I think it would have been a lot better if the plot stuck to the danger Alice was in and that whole aspect of the plot.
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