Review of Spiraled

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FBI Special Agent Ava McLane is walking through a mall after her yoga class when shots ring out.   Soon she finds herself hiding from a shooter with an injured teenager.  She does not have her gun and she cannot leave the injured teen, so she just has to wait for help to arrive and pray that she survives.  When she locks eyes with the shooter, she figures her life is over.

Detective Mason Callahan is called to the mass shooting to help with the investigation.  He does not know that his girlfriend, Ava, is inside where the danger is.  Once he learns this information, he is afraid that he will lose her forever.  So when he sees her being escorted out, he not only feels relief but also a steely determination to find out the reason behind the shootings.  Since the shooter committed suicide, he knows the who but not the why.

When another mass shooting from the past and a new shooting are all linked together, no one can figure out why these young men are attacking others and then killing themselves.  Why would three different young men open fire in public and then kill themselves?  This question must be answered before there is another killing spree.

Ava not only has to deal with the trauma of being a victim and trying to help with the investigation, she also has to deal with her twin sister.  Her sister, Jayne, has a history of mental health and dangerous behavior.  She knows how to push all the right buttons to upset Ava and cause Ava to feel tremendous guilt.  Ava feels as though her life is spiraling out of control and that is very close to shattering into a million pieces.  Mason does not know how to help Ava but he knows that if much more happens he will lose her.  And he cannot let that happen.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I felt all of Ava’s anguish and struggles and my heart went out to her.  Mason is a strong stand-up guy who you cannot help but admire.  I really enjoyed reading about them and rooting for them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in both descriptive and suspenseful writing.  While reading I felt like I was there in the mall watching the shootings taking place.  The book started out with a bang (literally) and the tension and suspense never let up.  There are twists and turns and surprises that I did not see coming.  I really enjoyed that.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted romantic suspense.  I have read other books by this author and I have loved them all.

I cannot wait for another book to be released by Kendra Elliot.  Do yourself a favor and  grab any of Kendra Elliot’s books, you will not be disappointed.

I received a free copy of Spiraled from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  If I could I would give this book more than five stars.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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