It was the storyline, filled with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, that drew me into reading Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill.
On the heels of a highly publicized successful case, Detective Amara Alvarez has been transferred to the homicide division and she’s been assigned her first case. A young teen, Zachary Coleman, has died at a local waterpark. The cause of death is not clear and the tox screen won’t be back for weeks. While there are no clear indications of murder, there’s some suspicious details that Amara wants to investigate. She’s not one to wait patiently on the sidelines but will take a closer look and delve into the evidence until she has an answer, one way or the other.
The storyline was intriguing, and the evidence was peeled back one layer at a time. The suspects, Zach’s friends Matias, Haley, and Liam were interesting and obviously trying to cover something up. But was it related to Zach’s death or was there something illegal that the teens were caught up in? I enjoyed reading how Amara would reexamine the facts and suspects over and over again until a crack appeared.
My favorite part of the book was the characters, Amara, her coworker Detective Jeremiah Peckham (otherwise known as Starsky). The relationship between Amara and Starsky was special, they obviously cared about each other and respected one another. But was there something more going on between them? I enjoyed Amara’s large and close family especially her mom Maria and Maria’s boyfriend Wylie. Amara’s family were the kind of people you would want to get to know. Once you’ve met them, you’ll be welcomed back. Though work was a big part of Amara’s life, her family was more important and she made time to be with them.
I very much enjoyed reading Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill. It held my attention from the first page to the last. The plot was interesting and the characters were likable, relatable people that I cared about. Even the “bad guys” were interesting. They weren’t vilified to the point that you hated them, but you got to know what made them tick and what made them go down the wrong path. I didn’t want the story to end. I hope that these characters come back in future novels.
You know a book is really good when you are thinking about the story or characters when you aren’t reading the book. Though faith was not a big part of the storyline, I appreciated that this was a clean book, with no foul language or sexual immorality. Tom Threadgill knows how to tell a good story, he’s a good writer. Tom skillfully develops the characters and moves the plotline along as he unveils the mystery and builds suspense. I look forward to reading more of Tom Threadgill’s books.
I highly recommend Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill. I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker’s Publishing Group for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of the book. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.