Monday, March 18, 2013

Review - The Mistaken

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. 

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Nancy Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken.  She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.   





This is a real roller coaster of a book.  Events happen at a non stop pace and really keep the story moving.  Ty is at times a complex character but not quite as complex as his brother Nick becomes as the story advances.

I really liked the story and how it kept moving without any lengthy downturns.  I dont think Ty makes good choices at times but the situations he is in are beyond his control and really who knows how someone would act until it happens.

The book is very dialogue heavy with at times seems a bit much but it does work for most of the story.  I also didnt care for how the relationship between Ty and Hannah progressed.  The other issue I had with the story was when we got to part with the Russian's and how they were to extract payment.  Ty's sudden abilities in that situation were a bit unbelievable.  I understand how adrenaline can influence reactions especially in times of stress but it didnt seem real, especially with Ty going through alcohol withdraw and how he had spent the past few months.

All in all though it was a good story and I am glad I got to read it.  As a debut it was really well done and I am looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with in the future.  I think this is definitely a suspense author to watch.

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