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The Raven by Mike Nappa | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun–until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants,” The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore.”

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues–and their complicated feelings for each other–to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

My review:

Another great suspense from this author and I loved the main characters. Like the first book in the series, this one is written from three points of view. All three characters held my attention whether I was rooting for them or wishing they would make other choices. It was very well written.

I loved The Raven. His sense of humor and the way that he felt about Trudi made him someone that I really wanted to come out ahead, especially in the midst of the trouble he found himself in.

Like the first book, this story was a roller coaster ride for me. It was jam packed full of suspense and intrigue. I loved that. It did have moments of violence and general creepiness which I did not like. In fact, there was one instance when I put the book down and wasn’t sure I would pick it back up. But I really had to find out what happened so I took a breath and hoped that the violence was over. As it turned out, the violence did get more subtle after that.

There was a satisfying end to the story, but the last chapter gives rise to the third book in this series. While I would like to see what happens to Sam and Trudi in that story, I don’t know if I will read it due to the violence that has been in the other two books.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The suspense held my attention and I just loved The Raven and his sense of humor.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Some graphic violence.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes and no. If a small amount of graphic violence doesn’t bother you, then it was a good suspense. But I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who won’t watch PG-13 movies. This is the second book in the series and while it makes some references to the first book, it is a standalone story.

Note: I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Mike Nappa, Amazon page

-Loraine Nunley



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