The Murder That Never Was
A Psychological Thriller by Andrea Kane
on Tour May 9 – June 9, 2016
Given the opportunity, would you assume someone else’s identity and leave your old life behind? A serendipitous crossing of paths between Lisa Barnes, a down-on-her-luck job seeker, and Julie Forman, a personal trainer to an Olympic hopeful, forever changes the course of both women’s lives. One winds up dead and the other finds herself a fugitive, hiding behind one lie after another as a cold-blooded killer methodically hunts her. Desperately trying to stay alive, the terrified woman enlists the help of Forensic Instincts, a rogue investigative team that clandestinely operates in the gray area between legal and illegal. Safeguarding their client’s deception, Forensic Instincts digs into dangerous territory as they try to find out who’s after their client and why. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in Chicago, New Jersey, and Vermont as a megalomaniacal genius will stop at nothing to eradicate anyone who threatens the success of his medical breakthrough. With an unhinged client and a monstrous criminal enterprise as its adversary, Forensic Instincts is forced into uncharted territory to protect their client and save one of their own from becoming the next corpse. Forensic Instincts is an unorthodox, criminal investigative team that carefully navigates the fine line between legal and illegal. The team consists of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techo-wiz, an intuitive, a pickpocket, a retired FBI agent, and a human scent evidence dog.”
Our Review by Felita Daniels / 384 Pages
This is one of those novels where you are introduced to a number of characters, what’s happening in their lives and their challenges. Then you continue on and see that they are on a collision course. Who gets to who first, will give a pivotal turn to the story. Someone that takes an action or tells a person something here, has a domino consequence on someone else there.
I liked the idea of the Forensic Instincts team. They are pros at what they do. I liked Lisa and Milo also. There were a few times where I wish we could have stayed with some of the characters a little longer before switching to another viewpoint or location. I felt jerked around a bit.
There were also a number of coincidences that may have some wondering if that line was crossed once too many times. I can get past the two women who look so alike they could be mistaken for each other, living together. That’s a unique set up to the plot. But when two folks in the Forensic Instincts team independently get interested in two other characters, states away, without a client’s request, and those two characters end up… well, that was a stretch for me. Maybe it won’t be for you.
Overall, a solid good read. Anyone that enjoys thrillers will take a liking to this series. This particular book has a touch of scientific “breakthrough” slant to it, with a dash of computer investigating.
Read an excerpt:
ANDREA KANE’s psychological thriller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long string of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. Recruited because of their special talents and dynamic personalities, the high-energy members thrive on blatantly disregarding authority. Armed with skills and talents honed by years in the FBI and Special Forces, and with training in behavioral and forensic psychology, this unstoppable team solves seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement.
With a worldwide following and novels published in over twenty languages, Kane is also the author of numerous romantic thrillers and historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is busily crafting a new challenge for Forensic Instincts.