Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

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Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

From the Publisher

Kate knows the truth is out there – but if she’s right, that means a killer is out there too.

Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor’s death wasn’t suicide or a careless accident-and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom’s just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend’s death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My Thoughts

Pro: Lots of twists and turns – to the point that even I couldn’t fully solve the mystery until the conclusion (which does not often happen).

Con: The book was full of partial storylines. With each new twist, a new storyline was introduced, and to be honest, I’m not sure any of the storylines actually found a conclusion. The main mystery was “solved” – sort of – but I closed the book with no feeling of resolution.

Pro: The characters were interesting and easy to relate to.

Con: The backstories of the characters were often missing or given in such ragged pieces that I struggled to get a solid understanding of who the characters were prior to entering this part of their story.

Pro: The story was a fast read.

Con: The story left me feeling unsettled and unresolved.

I give Deadly Devotion two stars.

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