Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Review - "The Reckless Engineer" by Jac Wright

Author: Jac Wright
Genre:   Literary Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Legal Thriller, Psychological Thriller, British mystery
Synopsis/ Blurb:
Love is a battlefield.  
The aftershocks of an affair reverberate out to those in the lives of the lovers, who will NOT take it lying down.
        Jack Connor's lives an idyllic life by the Portsmouth seaside married to Caitlin McAllen, a stunning billionaire heiress, and working at his two jobs as the Head of Radar Engineering of Marine Electronics and as the Director of Engineering of McAllen BlackGold, his powerful father-in-law Douglas McAllen's extreme engineering company in Oil & Gas.  He loves his two sons from his first marriage and is amicably divorced from his beautiful first wife Marianne Connor.  Their delicately balanced lives are shattered when sexy Michelle Williams, with whom Jack is having a secret affair and who is pregnant with his child, is found dead and Jack is arrested on suspicion for the murder.
        Jeremy Stone brings London's top defence attorney, Harry Stavers, to handle his best friend's defence.
        Who is the bald man with the tattoo of a skull seen entering the victim's house?  Who is "KC" who Caitlin makes secret calls to from a untraceable mobile?  Has powerful Douglas McAllen already killed his daughter's first partner and is he capable of killing again?  Is Caitlin's brother Ronnie McAllen's power struggle with Jack for the control of McAllen Industries so intense that he is prepared to kill and frame his brother-in-law?  Is the divorce from Jack's first wife as amicable on her part as they believe it to be?  Are his sons prepared to kill for their vast inheritance?  Who are the ghosts from Caitlin's past in Aberdeen, Scotland haunting the marriage?  What is the involvement of Jack's manager at Marine Electronics?
        The cast of characters is made even more colourful by the supporting entourage: the big Scott and his gang, Hosé and Heineken, who carry out Douglas McAllen’s “troubleshooting;” McAllens' bumbling solicitors McKinley and Magnus Laird; Caitlin McAllen’s handymen, Cossack and Levent; and Jeremy’s sidekick, the gay black actor working in the London West End.

        While Jack is charged and his murder trial proceeds in the Crown Court under barrister Harry Stavers’ expert care, Jeremy runs a race against time to find the real killer and save his friend's life, if he is in fact innocent, in a tense saga of love, desire, power, and ambition.

My Review:

Jeremy's friend Jack has been charged with the murder of his mistress and their unborn baby.  Being a well known Engineer, Jack has a lot to lose including two sons, a wife and a career one can only dream of.  Can Jeremy along with their friend Harry prove Jack's innocence and find the real murderer before it's too late?

It has been a very long time since I read a suspense/mystery book (I mean a VERY long time) and boy am I glad that I took the time to read this one!  As a person who works with engineers on a daily basis, I understand how their mind works and their drive to find the answer.  Jeremy was no different.  He would do anything to prove his friend's innocence and uncover the real murder as their was just too many things that didn't seem right to him.

The book itself progressed at a great pace with no real hint of who could've done it beside Jack (he of course was the most likely subject) and then BAM you get your "aha moment" and totally get what happened and who did it.

I definitely would recommend this book to anyone and again I'm glad to have had the chance to read/review it for Jac

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