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- Print Length: 312 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Toby Neal (27 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006FBDHG2
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- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Lei Texeira is a survivor of the worst kind of abuse - betrayed by those who should have protected her as a young girl.
Now a 24-year old trainee Detective in her home town of Hilo, Hawaii, she bravely tries to get her life back on track until two schoolgirls and later a female officer [known to Lei], are all murdered in a similar way.
Detective Michael Stevens is assigned to lead the investigation - and reluctantly allows Lei, her partner Officer Pono [and Lei's Rottweiler, Keiki], to join the hunt.
Next, someone who seems all too familiar with Lei's past begins stalking her, throwing her into nightmare flashbacks of abuse and helplessness.
Who is the mysterious stalker and what is his link to Lei's past? Are the stalker and the murderer the same - or is Lei (and local girls) in double danger from two predators?
Are Lei's father's criminal 'sins' being visited on his daughter? And can she protect herself [having rebuffed Michael's protection], until the whole truth is revealed, or will she once again become a predator's victim - this time a dead one?
Toby Neal's first book in the Lei Crime Series is seriously brilliant...at times I nearly fell off the edge of my seat because I was holding my breath so tightly without realising it, so rivetingly are the action scenes paced! You definitely need to read it or you'll die of curiosity as to how everything will pan out!
Leilani Texeira & her partner Nono Kaihale discover the bodies of two teenage girls while out on patrol.
Lei, relatively new to the police force, asks is she can become part of the investigating team as she’d arrested the one girl for drugs just weeks before the murder.
This turned out to be quite a complicated murder/investigation. The characters were well drawn and the story was tight, with enough red herrings to keep you, the reader, guessing.
Will I be following Lei on her journey? Not sure. The book was good, but can’t say that it’s one that will keep “shouting” at me to find out more about Lei.
I found Lei a bit of a headcase. She clearly has a lot of issues and no doubt we'd learn why at a later stage but she was getting on my nerves a bit.
For some reason (and I know both are correct spellings but stick to one) she spells cowry both ways-as cowrie too. No reason to keep swapping it out but she does. She does that thing American writers do of dropping of from a sentence as well which annoys me, she spelt Sugadady with the one D, swaps her apostrophes around as well in Stevens' or Steven's and it was all becoming too much like hard work for me. I got to 18% and called it a day.
The main character is Lei Texeira, the young policewomen who first finds the bodies. Her commitment to catching the killer is more than professional - she is driven by the darkness in her own past. Cops with serious personal problems are nothing new, of course - it's almost a requirement of the genre! - but with Texeira, her history isn't just there to provide some depth to her character, its an integral part of the plot. The mystery surrounding her past is unravelled in step with the murder investigation. The way in which these two plots are integrated was one of things I particularly liked about this story.
Toby Neal's writing is excellent throughout. The words flow smoothly, without any awkward phrasing to take attention from the absorbing plot. I was hooked from that first line, and story never let me go.
It left me with just one disappointment - that I can't get to see Hawaii for myself!
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