Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

Title: Shadow Girl
Author: Gerry Schmitt
Series: Afton Tangler Thriller, #2
Published: August 2017, Berkley Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Author

The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...
Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky. 

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again and succeeds in a brazen hospital room attack. 

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person and she s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage...

My thoughts: This is the second book in Gerry Schmitt's Afton Tangler Thriller series and I was so excited to get my hands on it. I loved the first book in this series, Little Girl Gone, and I couldn't wait to see where this series would go next. I already read a few series from Laura Childs, the pseudonym that Gerry writes under - but those fall under the cozy mystery genre. This series is more police procedural/thriller and I love it!!!

Once again, as in the first book, we find out pretty quickly who did the crime in the book, so the big mystery is more about why they did it. Of course, the cops take a bit longer in finding out the who...but once they do, they also spend most of their time trying to figure out the why. I find this to be quite an interesting take on this series - it's quite the puzzler!!! And it was so much fun trying to guess as to what was going on and why!

As this was the second book in this series, we are still getting to know our main character, Afton Tangler. I really like her! She's the family liaison officer for the police department, but desperately wants to be a detective. She works alongside Detective Max Montgomery and often acts as his partner. She is many times fearless, takes chances that she really shouldn't, often acting before thinking but many times gets results. While not officially partners, they do make a good pair!

This book was filled with non-stop action almost from the start and will keep you flipping the pages to see how it all plays out. I am really enjoying this series and cannot wait to see what happened in the next book!

Books in this series:
  1. Little Girl Gone
  2. Shadow Girl


  1. Definitely something I would read!

    - El @ El's Book Reviews

  2. I have this one coming up next and I'm super excited. I love Laura Childs' mysteries and am really looking forward to more of a suspense title from her.


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