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Fiction. Romance. Christian Fiction. Midwest Homicide Investigator Ann Silver appears out of nowhere and drops the best lead on a serial murder case that Special Agent Paul Falcon has had in years. But is he ready for this case's secretsâ??or this woman
Unlike her previous novels however, this one does not provide that heart-stopping suspense. The story is mysterious and keeps you guessing, but it involves reopening a cold case because a letter is received from the confessed murderer. So while the murderer stays one step ahead of law enforcement, keeping the reader turning pages, there are no real gut-wrenching situations for the main characters to survive through or rescue each other from. For this reason, I am giving Full Disclosure only four stars. It was enjoyable, but not my favorite. For full enjoyment, I do encourage readers to begin with the O'Malley series before reading Full Disclosure.
Full Disclosure begins with FBI investigator Paul Falcon rushing to a murder in his family's restaurant. Pages and pages later, I began to realize that this murder had almost nothing to do with the later plot, and that the details of that
Dee Henderson has several wonderful books, that are mentioned in this one. As if there was not a murderer to catch, or a romance to build, Paul and Ann just talked about other people's lives. I already know Kate and Dave's story! And Marcus and Shari! I want to know about yours now, please!
There were a few good points about this book, and if you love Dee Henderson, you will appreciate the references, the snappy one-liners, and the animal side kicks. If you are just starting your Dee Henderson collection, I would try to start with another book
Paul Falcon, a seasoned FBI Investigator has been tracking down a killer
Paul is ready to settle down, he wants a wife, a family. Ann is content being single and living in the moment, never planning what the future will bring. A case brings these two together, and Paul finds himself wanting to be around Ann more than just for the case, but she has some secrets and Paul wants her to be able to trust him with those secrets. Ann likes Paul, but is not sure if he can handle her secrets.
Henderson has not lost her touch one bit! You will love the new characters and the story that she has woven between them. Throughout this book you will encounter many twists and turns you were never expecting! Just when you feel like youâ€™ve figured out what happened a new twist is uncovered that keeps you glued to the pages!
I loved this book, and my expectations for a Dee Henderson book were exceeded beyond what I could have imagined for her latest story! Make sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up on the couch for a long weekend because you will not want to put this book down.
I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I found the romance part of the story was lacking and it was a big part of the book. FBI agent Paul Falcon was attracted to Ann Silver from the get go when she dropped into his office and dropped some vital information on a case he was working on. Ann Silver worked in law enforcement as a part time sheriff and also a MHI. She was close to 40 years old and very private. Unlike the typical woman she had no desire to marry or even have kids. She was happy to remain single the rest of her life. The author spent way too much time at the beginning of the book of Paul asking all her friends about her. By the time the romance started he knew just about everything about her except her secrets and she had some big ones. You will have to read the book to discover what the secrets are but the secrets are revealed in the middle of the book. Anyway the case involves a serial shooter but the shooter is female.
As I said Ann is content to be by herself but she has a life away from the crime too. She writes a series of novels called the O'Malley series and the series are based on the lives of people she has met and some of Paul's friends and relatives are featured in these books. This is the reason why I thought reading the O'Malley series would add to my enjoyment of this book. Not sure if I am going to go back and read those novels if those novels move as slowing as this one.
Just because I did not enjoy this book don't let it influence you. If you love Dee Henderson I am sure you will love this one. It just was not for me.
I was disappointed in Full Disclosure however. I didn't find it as suspenseful as her past books, and the romance seemed unbelievable. The female protagonist is difficult to relate to and,
One of the most interesting things that Henderson did in this book was to make Ann the fictional author of all of Henderson's earlier works -- and to make those works based on Ann's friends' lives. On one hand, this is a clever device to allow characters from the O'Malley series and Henderson's other books to crop up as characters in this book, despite the fact that Ann was not a character in the earlier books. On the other hand, it does make Ann a bit of a Mary Sue. While she's not a perfect character (more on that later), she does have mad skillz as both a writer and a homicide investigator, as well as an intimate relationship with God and a talent for forming and maintaining close friendships. She comes across as a bit of a Superwoman.
Unlike Henderson's earlier books, the suspense element was dialed down several notches in Full Disclosure. I kept waiting for that edge-of-your-seat moment when the hired killer is holding a gun against one of the characters' heads . . . it never came. There's plenty of intrigue and several shocking revelations, but they're all in the past, not part of the main action of the story.
On a personal note, I also thought that the romance lacked heat. Ann is intensely private and afraid of commitment, and most of the story is told from Falcon's perspective. While he was fully involved in trying to make a romance happen, I found Ann's hesitant and standoffish attitude extremely off-putting. Other readers may not have this reaction, however.
So, the amount of criticism I'm leveling may make it seem like I didn't enjoy this book. On the contrary, it held my attention nicely. While I might have liked to see a little more romance and a little more suspense, I did enjoy the way characters from previous novels were woven into the story, and I liked the way the two major cases that Falcon was working intersected. I would recommend this to Henderson's hardcore fans -- but for those who like inspirational fiction and romantic suspense, I would recommend giving The Negotiator a try and working your way up to this book.
This is an interesting review for me to write, because I'm a huge fan of Henderson's, and loved her
The main characters. Ann was great. I loved how deep her character was and how unique her personality was compared to the others around her. I was even able to relate to her a little, since I'm an introvert myself. Ann rather takes this to the extreme, but I'll let you figure that out for yourself.
Paul was pretty well done, also. I liked his connections with his family, and the way he was with his co-workers. When all is said and done, he didn't feel terribly different and memorable to me, and reminded me quite a bit of Dave from The Negotiator. Not that there's anything wrong with that, he just didn't have anything about him that stuck out to me.
The second thing I liked was the story line in general. The romance flowed along at a nice pace. The cases were interesting, if not quite as suspenseful as some of Henderson's others. A lot of the characters from her other books make an appearance here, which is an interesting addition.
The third thing I like is (and this goes for all of Henderson's books that I've read so far) the story feels natural, the characters feel real, and it's not a captive to any one specific genre. Whenever someone would ask me what I was reading, I would say: "Well, it's a Christian suspense/mystery/romance." All those elements are in there, yes, but you can't have one without the other.
Let's talk about the thing I didn't like. And that is: details. Honestly, I think this book could be fifty to a hundred pages longer and be better for it. We're not told what some characters even look like, which made it hard to remember who is who at times. I get that there are a lot of minor characters in this book, but there can be minor characters that we at least remember. Rita and Sam, for instance, were in much of the book, but since I can't picture them in my mind or remember a certain scene where they made a serious impression, I'll probably forget them in a month. Maybe that's okay and maybe I'm just being picky, but it wasn't just the characters that were missing fine details. The story also had some small threads that could have been touched on later. There's one in particular that I have in mind when I say this that would have made me laugh, but for the sake of spoilers, I won't say any more.
Overall, I loved this book because it's by one of my favorite authors, but if asked my unbiased opinion, I would say that this book lacks the polish that it could have. It's a good book, but not quite an amazing one. I hope that it gets to be amazing before its release.
Paul is working a serial killer
Action packed, good characters, romance, and am electrifying conclusion. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I won this book through LibraryThing, my opinions are my own.
Let me start off by saying I'm a hardcore Dee Henderson fan and absolutely couldn't wait for this book to come out. I enjoyed the twists the storyline took and the mystery underneath. The characters and their interactions were what I had issues with. This writing wasn't what I have come to expect after the O'Malley series and her other works. The romance really wasn't there either, it was more compatibility and determination. I will buy her next book, no matter what my feelings on this one, and just hope that old 'flare' comes back to her writing!!
This was a 3/5. Any Dee Henderson fan will want to read it but for me it just wasn't the same caliber as her other books.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
First let me start by saying it's good to have Dee Henderson back. This was a good story especially if you have read her O'Malley Series and the Uncommon Heroes Series. They are brought into this story and you have a chance to meet up with some of them again. I liked the aspect of Ann being the author of those stories. I don't think I've seen that done before. It was fun seeing how this story intertwines with both of those series. One thing this story was not, was an edge-of-the-seat type suspense. There was mystery and intrigue but it wasn't the typical cat and mouse routine. No one was in immediate danger. It was more of a police procedural type story that finds you walking through solving long-standing cold cases. I must admit in some parts, that became a bit too long for me. Throughout the story you witness the slow budding romance between Ann and Paul, although I felt like Paul did most of the giving. And who would not like Ann's dog Midnight? He totally won my heart! One part of the story that intrigued me was Ann's relationship with 'Lovely'. I loved how she described it. Who is Lovely? Read the story to find out. All I know is that that aspect of the story will stay with me for awhile. If you are a Dee Henderson fan you won't want to miss Full Disclosure.
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 2, 2012)
*I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
That said, I DID enjoy this book. I found it really fun to see all the references to Ms. Henderson's previous works and the serial murder case the leads worked was fascinating and full of twists and turns. Give it a try!
(Thanks to Goodreads for the free advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.)
Book Summary: Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI's
The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...
Book Review: I found this book to be a page turner of a storyline. The most interesting part was the continual tie in to the Oâ€™Malley series and the tweaking done to the names and the story lines was very cleaver it really blurred the lines between real story and book. I turned pages quickly for 2/3rd of the book than it seemed to stall for a while. I like the individual characters overall and thought that Paul and his family were fun and would like to hear more. Ann started out great was fun and lively. Than it seemed as this relationship grew she changed into a flat, unapproachable character that never quite came back to fun and lively. The image of marriage she presented and how it continued was uncompromising and unloving. Paul was great only that he allowed Ann to dictate the terms and accepted it was very weak. I often thought as I read this book how much of this was real for Dee Henderson and how much was pure imagination.
The mystery of the lady shooter was great for the most part. She was a tremendous enigma and seemed larger than life at times. I was bothered that these agents allowed so much to slip through their fingers. That seemed less likely and they did not seem as determined to catch her. As the story ended I found so many things left unanswered. That was disappointing and I would still like to know so many things. It seemed that the story just ended rather than tying up things up. I saw the twist that was coming and had been waiting for it about 2/3rd of the way into the book. Yet that too was frustrating because many details were left behind. Despite all things I will continue to read almost any book Dee Henderson writes. I think her gift is with series. I would enjoy more of the Falcon Family.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Ann Silver is a homicide investigator who drops some new leads on a "cold case" into special agent Paul Falcon's lap. It is the best lead they have had on a serial killer murder case and the agents in charge take off with it and the story just builds from there. The relationship between Paul and Ann also takes off, but this isn't your typical romance relationship. It is a tightrope Paul must walk to win Ann over.
All in all, this was a great read. I didn't know how it was going to end, I enjoyed getting to know Paul and Ann and watch their relationship grow and I really enjoyed both Paul and Ann's relationship with "Lovely". Read the book and find out who "Lovely" is; you won't be disappointed!
A thank you goes to LibraryThing for sending me this Advanced Reader Copy for me to review!
Paperback: 473 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 17 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
In FULL DISCLOSURE, suspense author Dee Henderson weaves a richly satisfying tale that likens writing fiction to solving homicides. Fiction or murder, it's all in the telling of the story.
Rural cop and regional homicide investigator Ann Silver works
Henderson seemingly blurs the lines between real life and fiction. A few tongue-in-cheek references to Annâ€™s life appear to come straight out of the author's own, like the fact that this heroineâ€™s written fifteen previous books, including a series entitled The O'Malleys, same as Henderson. Since Silver's fiction is about friends near and dear, one wonders about the inspiration for Henderson's own O'Malleys. But a greater question begins to loom. How much of the real-life Henderson is in the fictional Ann Silver? This larger than life story question adds a particular deliciousness to an already pleasing tale and keeps the reader turning pages, hunting for real-life clues as much as for fictional ones.
Still, the suspense of chasing and capturing an elusive serial killer is story enough. Falcon is a manâ€™s man, a bachelor ready to alter his life with a committed, long-term relationship. Silver, however, isnâ€™t sure love and marriage are in the cards for her. Maybe itâ€™s her job. Maybe sheâ€™s just not cut out for them. Maybe the secrets she holds are too much of an impediment for any man. Paul must use the same wiles he uses to catch a killer to draw and not repel Ann, who is no less hard to pin down.
FULL DISCLOSURE is a riveting read, filled with suspense and twists that no matter how well the reader guesses will still come laced with surprise, one of the yearâ€™s best tales of suspense.
The two main characters are trying to build a friendship and then a relationship amidst working in two different states and very demanding jobs. There was a lot they had to work through and issues they had to deal with while trying to learn each other and see if this was a relationship headed for marriage and that was nice to watch. I liked that she brought the O'Malley books into the storyline, that was nice ;)
I would recommend this if you were looking for something different with a solid romance story to it.