I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Good Deeds by Stacy Green
Series: Lucy Kendall #1
Published by Twisted Minds Press on September 15, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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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.
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.
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