It’s my turn on the BlogTour A Chance Encounter by Rae Shaw.
About the Author
Rae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley. Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.
As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.
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About the book
Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?
Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers. His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret. For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?
Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.
Julianna’s actions are usually driven by her past experiences, which means she jumps to conclusions and also has an irritating need to help or try to teach the people around her how to do better. If it wasn’t coming from a genuine place of concern then she would probably be deemed a nuisance.
It explains how she jumps to conclusions about her boss and his wife, and when she gets to know Mark it’s a similar story. Quite a meddler when all is said and done, and yet those around her indulge her.
I think the character of Julianna Baptiste has plenty of potential, it just needs a bit of an iron. Nothing major perhaps a bit more focus and delivering with intent, aside from that I think Juliana could evolve into a captivating main character in a popular series.
The author clearly knows how to draw in an audience with a flawed individual, who has the best intent and yet manages to often be one step behind whatever the heck is going on. The first few chapter are an excellent example of this.
It’s a fast paced read, a crime thriller that could go either way – into the more serious stuff or into something more cosy. I am betting I know where it will end up though, because there are just so many opportunities to shine a light, whilst delivering a good read.
Buy A Chance Encounter at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Spare Time Press pub date 24 Mar. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.
Thank you for reviewing and sharing my book. I’m hoping Julianna has potential too!