Thursday, June 16, 2011
Review - Recovery
Recovery by Alexandrea Weis is the second novel in the wildly sexy series featuring the enigmatic Nicci Beauvoir. A thrilling read, this character-driven book boasts a whodunit mystery, sultry seductions, and an unforgettable cliffhanging twist. Once a darling of New Orleans society, Nicci pens a novel about her departed love, the artist David Alexander. While promoting her book in the Big Apple, she’s approached by David’s former boss, Simon La Roy, who has a theory about David’s death that devastates Nicci. She learns David’s murder may be linked to someone from her past. Enter Dallas August, an elite member of Simon’s organization of corporate spies prized for his ruthless ability to get the job done. Playing the part of Nicci’s lover, Dallas returns to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans with her to flush out the killer. But everything is not what is seems in the Big Easy, and soon the couple finds themselves trapped in a psychotic’s twisted game of revenge. As the danger grows, Nicci’s relationship with the handsome spy turns from adversarial to amorous. On the run for their lives, Dallas and Nicci must confront their tormentor before it is too late. It’s a deadly decision that could cost Nicci everything, but it is her only chance for finally revealing the identity of the murderer. Just as the truth behind David’s death is discovered, another more compelling mystery is unearthed. It’s an unexpected turn of events that rocks Nicci’s world.
This was a great mystery story set in New Orleans after Katrina. And it has everything you could want in a story from suspense to romance to a surprising twist. The characters are engaging and interesting and described well enough that you really get a feel for them and who they are, this goes for both the main characters and the secondaries in the story. And the backdrop for the story is just as well done. Most of us have not seen New Orleans after Katrina, but the way the city is described here can easily make you think you have seen it first hand.
There is not a lot that can be said that isn't in the description above without giving away the ending. And you definitely don't want to know who did it before you get there in the story. So I will leave the description to that above.
The story moves at a fast pace and I didn't want to put it down once I started. Also, while this is the second in the series you don't have to read the first unless you want to find out more about Nicci's relationship with David. And while you do find out more about the other characters from the other story, it is not at all necessary to read it before you read this one. The author does a great job of filling in newcomers while not making the story drag for those that have read the first.
If you are looking for a good modern mystery story that still contains some romance this is a series and author to check out. I am looking forward to reading more from her soon.