Paper Trail: A Kingman & Reed Novel
Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)
Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Hillary Reed believes God controls the world and nothing is random. Her new significant other, Sioux City Sentinel-Leader reporter Tom Kingman, isn't so sure. After a corporate attorney is killed in her office in Omaha, Tom wonders how that is anything but senseless. He gets his chance to find out when the company's CEO, Tom's friend from college, makes him a proposition: come to Omaha, pose as an employee, and find the rat in the corporate cube maze.
Tom convinces Hillary to spend a week with him at his parents' house just across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, and they suddenly have the freedom (as well as encouragement from Tom's parents and gregarious sister) to explore their feelings and faith. Tom Kingman always gets the story, but will he get the girl? And which--the story or the girl--is really more important to him? For now, only God knows.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10
Plot: The author juggles the many angles and elements of the plot with both control and finesse.
Prose: The writing style is effective and the prose moves along at a good clip, maintaining the reader's interest.
Originality: Although the plot is engaging, it doesn't seem to break much new ground. What is original, however, is the religious theme and the attendant sexual tension.
Character Development: The characters here are developed well and believable. However, some of the minor characters feel more like types than fully realized people.
Blurb: Chock full of suspects, surprises, violence, and—unexpectedly for the genre—religion, this novel is thoroughly engaging and suspenseful.
Date Submitted: July 14, 2017