Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Book review: Misrepresented - Renée Morgan-Hampton

 

About.
For female employees of the Daytona, Bernstein & McDunn law firm, the workplace can be deadly.

When the bodies of a number of the firm’s female employees turn up brutally murdered, Matthew Daytona, a very wealthy and prominent entertainment attorney, is accused of being one of the most dangerous signature serial killers in Los Angeles County. While Daytona continues to proclaim his innocence, Detectives Tracey Sanders and Zack Grimes discover some very compelling evidence in the form of red silk scarves found at each of the murder scenes, the elusive initials GDMS, and outside business dealings in Japan involving the Japanese drug cartel.

There’s only one problem: the murders continue while Matthew Daytona sits in jail. Do the detectives have the right person in custody, or is it possible that the killer is still on the loose?

I would not recommend this book to readers under 18!


My opinion.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but...
I'm definitely not a fan of the cover. It looks dated and cheap (sorry!). As for the book... I liked Harianne, a successful lawyer, as a main character and I love a good legal thriller. The relationships between the characters, however, weren't convincing to me and I found a lot of their conversations very awkward - the detectives came across as very unprofessional, at times. The book should definitely have an '18+' label - some of the content is very explicit (a bit too much, for my taste).
I liked how Renée Morgan-Hampton included a lot of information about the characters' pasts. Although those 'interludes' of information felt a bit clumsy at times, they did bring a different dimension to the characters and the book.
Despite these doubts/remarks, I did enjoy reading Misrepresented. The story has a great, surprising plot and keeps you interested and intrigued from the very first page until the very last.
[For those who read it: I did find the H-M connection at the very end an interesting twist, but I would have enjoyed the ending the same without it]



  

Excerpt
A strong wind across the ocean kicked up, and Shana heard windows slamming outside her bedroom. Startled, she moved to close them when she heard a creaking sound on the wood balcony outside and saw a shadow through the white curtains briskly pass by the window — just as a tree branch smacked the roof of the house.
            Frightened, she ran to her bed. It’s probably just a cat, she told herself.
            She snuggled up alongside Lilly, who was sleeping very soundly. She had just started to doze off when she heard a book being knocked from its shelf and other disturbing noises downstairs.
Someone had entered her home.
            She crept softly toward the door and peeped out, looking down below the railing toward the darkened living room and foyer. The bright moon reflected enough light for her to see someone moving from the front doorway into the living room. The oriental rugs were yanked aside and the entire room. . .

Thank you to Renée for the opportunity to read and review Misrepresented
and for providing me with a review copy.

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