Violated by Carolyn Arnold

Violated by Carolyn ArnoldViolated by Carolyn Arnold
Published by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc on April 28, 2016
Genres: Thriller
Format: Ebook

Sometimes the past should stay there…

The murder is one of the most heinous FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher has ever seen. But that’s not why he and two members of the team are rushing to California. The Bureau is interested because the prime suspect is one of their own, Paige Dawson.

But Paige didn’t go to Valencia to kill anyone. She had set out on “vacation”—her new lover in tow—only to confront the man who raped her friend twenty-some years ago. While the hands of the law are tied, she wants him to face the fact that he destroyed a young woman’s life and know that, as an FBI agent, she’ll be watching his every move. Yet, instead of accomplishing her goal, she wound up in the back of a police cruiser.

Now Paige must face off with a hard-nosed detective determined to stick a murder charge to a fed. But with the trained eyes of the FBI on the case, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the evidence lends itself to a serial killing, not an isolated incident. And as long as the local authorities are focused on Paige, the real murderer is still out there, possibly waiting to strike again…

Violated purports itself to be a police procedural/thriller novel, but quite frankly is a weird love triangle dressed in sheep’s clothing. There are so many things wrong with this book that destroys any credibility that it might hope to achieve.

Paige is an FBI agent who is arrested in the process of casually breaking an entering someone’s house. She is charged with murder, because that person was found dead, murdered in a weird kink scene. She uses her one phone call to call her FBI partner, who happens to be her ex-lover, who for some reason is allowed to inject himself into the investigation. In what world outside of plot convenience would this be allowed to happen, I ask? This destroyed any sense of realism right off the bat.

A whole lot of largely pointless plot connivance happens, Paige’s current love interest gets involved. I really lost interest in what was happening, and when the View Spoiler » angle started, I was done with this novel. There was a serious lack of subtlety with this novel.

As I said at the beginning, this is pure daytime television drama nonsense, and attempts to take itself far too seriously for the fluff and nonsense that it is. There is a lot of overt violence in the novel, but this feels like window dressing to the real story, which is the love triangle.

If that’s what you’re looking for, have at it, but don’t sell me mutton dressed up as lamb.

Rating Report
Overall: half-star

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