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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: Damaged

Title: Damaged
Author: Alex Kava
Format Reviewed: print
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava joins the Doubleday list with her best novel yet.

On Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard prepares for a Category 5 hurricane that has entered the Gulf of Mexico. When the air crew patrols the waterways, they spot a huge fishing cooler about a mile offshore. Drug traffickers have been known to dump coolers with smuggled product to avoid detection and pay fishermen to retrieve them. But when the crew open this cooler, they’re shocked by what they find: body parts tightly wrapped in plastic.

Though she is putting herself in the projected path of the hurricane, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is sent to investigate. Eventually, she’s able to trace the torso in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earlier after a hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, Florida. Only Port St. Lucie is on the Atlantic side. How did his body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico?

Cliffhanger chapters, behind-the-scenes forensic details, colorful characters, and satisfying twists have become the trademarks of Kava’s psychological thrillers. In Damaged, she ratchets up the suspense a notch by sending Maggie into the eye of an impending monster hurricane to track down a killer.

My Review: 
I have to admit, I haven't read the other Maggie O'Dell novels. So, I'm kind of picking this up without starting from the beginning, which I generally don't do. That being said, this book stood alone well. I wasn't lost or confused. So, you can pick this up and give ti a read without having the others.

Liz Bailey is trying to fit into a new team as their rescue swimmer, which brings her and her father, a hotdog man and former military, closer. It also puts her in contact with Maggie O'Dell. Maggie is an FBI special agent and profiler. When we meet her, she's with her white lab, Harvey and is picking human *pieces* off herself.

This book as all the great stuff in it. Saves, pushing for what you feel is right, several different things going on at once....not just a one theme/objective book. The chapters are short, but well written.

--Funny, he thought, how the dead are forgotten when the business of living distracts us (186).--

I did figure out the guilty party of the book right away. However, this is still a great read and kept me interested the entire way through -- a must have read. I will definitely be picking up other Maggie O'Dell novels.

Rating: 4/5

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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