Official Review: Deadly Focus by Sue Hinkin

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Official Review: Deadly Focus by Sue Hinkin

Post by ritah » 09 Apr 2018, 12:39

[Following is an official review of "Deadly Focus" by Sue Hinkin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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When Lucy Vega, a photojournalist, is asked to investigate and photograph a car wreck in a Malibu canyon, she makes the horrific discovery that the victim is none other than her uncle, Henry Vega. Having lost her family to a similar incident in her childhood, Lucy is distraught and in disbelief as she experiences the trauma of sudden loss all over again. Her uncle’s death is declared accidental, but when Lucy spots a Los Angeles County homicide detective and the Counter-Terrorism Unit at the scene, she doubts the coroner’s conclusion. Thus, Lucy begins her search for the truth. Could it be that his death was the result of something sinister? Who would want her uncle dead, and why?

Deadly Focus: A Vega and Middleton Mystery by Sue Hinkin is a compelling, fast-paced thriller that takes readers on a treacherous journey in search of truth and justice. It is the first book in its intended series and the author’s debut novel.

One of my favorite aspects of the narrative is the strong, smart female protagonist. She is not perfect, however. While I found myself rooting for her, other times, I thought she risked too much, including the lives of those around her due to her tendency to be impulsive. The narrative, written in the third-person and coupled with the author’s writing style, paints vividly who the other characters are as individuals. Thus, the supporting characters seemed well-defined, and it was easy to care for them as well.

The author does a great job with the description of scenery and atmosphere creation, and the narrative conveys place and mood expertly. Spanish words were used whenever we encountered Spanish speaking characters and in Spanish speaking locations. The meanings of the Spanish words could be deduced from the context.

Right from the first chapter, the narrative had me in its grips as I was fascinated by the plot and wondered what would happen next. By the sixth chapter, we had already witnessed the crime, knew the facts and who the perpetrators were, as well as some of their motives. I became worried, especially with more than three hundred pages to go; I thought there wasn’t much left to tell. However, I quickly realized I was wrong, as there were plenty exciting elements during the investigation process and unexpected plot-twists that had me enjoying the narrative all the way to the action-filled ending.

Overall, the plot and characters worked well in weaving an engrossing tale. I did notice some typos and grammatical errors, but they were few and didn’t take much away from my experience. I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The novel does contain detailed violence scenes and instances of child sexual abuse. Thus, it is suitable for a mature audience. I recommend Deadly Focus to fans of the genre and more specifically, those who love howcatchems.

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Post by Libs_Books » 11 Apr 2018, 05:20

Sold!* Yes, this sounds great - love the sound of the strong and smart protagonist. The point you raise about taking too many risks, though - that's a real issue in this kind of fiction, isn't it? Authors do it a lot, and I suppose they have to, just to move the plot along or create tension, but I do get impatient when I feel the protagonist is just being stupid.

*Well, not literally, but it's going on the list.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 11 Apr 2018, 08:39

I love a good murder mystery. In the synopsis you mention a counter-terrorism unit but in your review you don't give any hints about why they might be involved. That makes me very intrigued...

I'm glad this was such an enjoyable read and that the story picks up rather quickly but never loses momentum. I'll have to add this to my bookshelf for later.

Thanks for the review. I enjoyed your insights.

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Post by kandscreeley » 11 Apr 2018, 09:10

It's nice that if the author is going to use foreign words, that they are definable by the context. It sounds like a really great crime novel. Very intense. Thanks!
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Post by Jaybanny54 » 11 Apr 2018, 11:40

nice concept by author

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Post by Aubrey Cana Laine » 11 Apr 2018, 12:35

The summary alone has gotten me intrigued, and now that I've read your thoughts about it, I think I'm going to try this out! I especially like that there are exciting elements as well as unexpected plot twists in the story; they're perfect for keeping me engaged since I'm always worried about my short attention span. Thank you for your review!

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Post by crediblereading2 » 11 Apr 2018, 21:38

Your review of this book has certainly captured the mystery that surrounds the plot. I look forward to reading this book.

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Post by reesa_samoa » 12 Apr 2018, 00:15

I, for one, love a good mystery book. Especially if there are a lot of twists and turns. I'll be adding this to my bookshelf. Thanks for a great review that has my interest peaked.

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Post by Eileen R » 13 Apr 2018, 10:21

I can only imagine what Lucy went through seeing her uncle like that. It's easy to empathize with her. This book captures my attention and I can't wait to start reading it. Thanks for the review

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Post by joshfee77 » 22 Apr 2018, 22:53

Excellent review, thanks, Ritah. This sounds like just my sort of thriller, and done particularly well. Always good to see a strong female protagonist in a crime thriller. Will add it to my bookshelves.

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