REVIEW by Abby: All Good Deeds (Lucy Kendall #1) by Stacy Green (stacygreen26 , @abbyheadwrites)

91rXNkgqEzL._SL1500_Lucy Kendall doesn’t believe she’s a serial killer. She simply eradicates the worst of society and brings justice to the innocent-the children she failed to protect during her decade in Child Protective Services.

A missing child sets off a chain of events linked to a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. Her chosen path is terrifying-but the search for the missing child pulls her into web of evil and malice beyond her darkest imagination.

Lucy is jaded and desperate, but will her desperate race for justice prevent her from seeing the truth?

Packed with suspense, All Good Deeds is a dark psychological thriller with a finely crafted mystery that takes readers into the deepest recesses of the human psyche.

 

I love that the lead in this mystery novel, Lucy, is a woman and she is flawed- majorly flawed! Her decisions aren’t always based on the “right” or “nice” thing to do, as we often expect in a female lead. Although Lucy’s overarching M.O. is for the greater good, her actions are often prompted by self-preservation and vindictiveness. The premise of the novel “vigilante hunter of child-molesters metes out her own justice” is compelling and intriguing. Throughout this unusual suspense novel I was impressed by the number of plot twists and turns, Ms Green was able to interweave. Several story lines twisted together and just when I thought I knew “Whodunit”, I was wrong! Also there were a couple of moments when I felt the possibility of romantic tension—I would have liked this to build because it would lend more emotion and add another dimension to the story and Lucy’s personality.

I thought the interconnected plot points were sometimes thin,but kept me guessing all the way. Lucy’s relationship with the other characters occasionally felt stilted and slightly artificial. This may be because we didn’t feel character personalities as much we’re told what they are. Lucy’s motives for her actions are fueled in part by disgust for her targets and disdain for the system that fails their victims. However her indignation and animosity often felt more like ambivalence or dislike. I didn’t buy the complete 180 –degree turn Lucy makes in her decade-long opinion of Justin; she just didn’t show enough emotion or remorse for me.

Overall a good read, with an interesting plotline. I recommend this mystery thriller to folks who like unexpected vigilantes standing up for those who can’t defend themselves.

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The review copy of All Good Deeds was supplied by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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