Dark Justice in All Good Deeds by Stacy Green

Posted November 5, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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Dark Justice in All Good Deeds by Stacy GreenAll Good Deeds by Stacy Green
Series: Lucy Kendall #1
Published by Twisted Minds Press on September 15, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 269
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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five-stars

Lucy Kendall lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern.

The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy's crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to help—and leaves her no choice but to accept it.

When eight-year old Kailey Richardson is abducted, it sets off a chain of events linked to Justin Beckett, a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy's past. The path she's chosen since dealing with Beckett has been dark and terrifying—but she has no idea just how deep she will go or where the twisted road will take her.

She's about to find out.

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I knew I was in for a reading ride after the first sentence.
I’m not a killer.

Lucy Kendall is a former Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker who’s now a private investigator. Disillusioned by the abysmal record for protecting children from abusers, she decides to mete out her own system of justice. It gets complicated when a stranger steps into her private world offering help and a child is abducted in the midst of a suspected abuser she’s been tracking.

Be prepared to feel uncomfortable and off balance for this entire story. Lucy is pretty complicated with dark edges and a convoluted belief system when it comes to right and wrong. Her world is turned upside down when some of her truisms begin to crumble. There were quite a few twists and turns and frankly, I wasn’t always certain who could be trusted.

Lucy will test your sense of justice and push up against what you consider acceptable parameters. She’s a unique character and I wasn’t certain until the end whether I liked or loathed her. It’s a thought provoking story that I found fascinating. The case was tough, as is any story dealing with child abuse, and it was handled sensitively but realistically. The next book in the series can’t be released fast enough.

About Stacy Green

Stacy Green writes psychological suspense with a dash of romance. The first book in Stacy’s Delta Crossroads Trilogy, TIN GOD, was a finalist in The Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013 for Mystery/Suspense.

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University.

After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family.

She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

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8 responses to “Dark Justice in All Good Deeds by Stacy Green

  1. Jonetta,
    Thank you so much for the review. Writing this book was a challenge, and my favorite part of the review was “be prepared to feel uncomfortable and off balance…” That is exactly what I was going for with Lucy. Thank you!

  2. Oh this sounds like one of those that I’d put under the category of “mind fuck” and I so adore those. I’m glad the child abuse topic was dealt with sensitively, that could really change the whole feel of the book. Adding to my tbr!