Reviewed By Michele E. Davis
This was a good, dynamic book, but it would have made a better movie. The prime characters are one-dimensional; they don’t have features or many feelings. Our main protagonists, Theresa MacLean, as well as her fiancé Paul Cleary, are both marginal personality-wise. McClean’s cousin Frank Patrick, is introduced and seems likeable, but we don’t, as readers, get a good feel about him either. Initially they’re dealing with a death of an executive, Ludlow, and then a heist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
Chris Cavanaugh comes in as the hostage negotiator. You get the distinct feeling he’s being played by Lucas, one of the criminals in the bank. Cavanaugh’s questions are responded back to him in the same format from Lucas, and that suggests that Lucas read Cavanaugh’s book.
The book is forensically interesting beginning in Chapter 2—and stays that way. There is a heightened sense of excitement, and you don’t want to put the book down because you want to know what happens to the hostages, especially McLean who trades places in the Federal Reserve with Cleary, who was shot.
However, even if you don’t want to put the book down, you have no feelings for anyone in the book. They are so flat, that when a woman dies it isn’t shocking. The best part is McLean figuring out the hostage situation before everyone else at the end of the book; it was well worth reading to get to that part.
Armchair Interviews says: Forensically interesting, but Black should work on developing better character personalities before writing another book.
Author’s Web site: http://www.Lisa-Black.com