Author: Allison Leotta
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Anna Curtis is an assistant U.S. Attorney who works in the sex crimes division. When the body of a beautiful young woman is found at the U.S. Capitol, Anna rushes to the scene. The woman was thrown off the balcony of the offices of D.C.’s esteemed representative to Congress, and things get even more complicated when Anna discovers she was a high priced call girl. As Anna works with the chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey to solve the case, she must uncover the secrets that led to the girl’s murder before she becomes a target herself.
Allison Leotta, a former federal sex crimes prosecutor, proved that she could write a masterful legal thriller with Law of Attraction. Now, Leotta is back with her second book about Anna Curtis, and it’s just as captivating and suspenseful as her first. Discretion takes the reader inside a high-class escort service as Anna tries to uncover its secrets without getting anyone else – including herself – killed.
Anna is in a new relationship in Discretion, one that blossomed over the course of Law of Attraction. She cares deeply for Jack Bailey, but he doesn’t exactly endear himself to the reader. He’s controlling and expects Anna to change her life completely to suit him, while refusing to reciprocate. That’s not to say he’s a bad person or that he’s abusive, just that he seems to be very bad at relationships. It’s clear that Anna wants things to work out with Jack, yet the reader might wonder if she’s giving up too much in order for that to happen.
Discretion is jam packed full of tidbits of information, both about the sex crimes division at the U.S. Attorney’s office, as well as about the political establishment in D.C. It’s clear that Leotta is very familiar with the inner workings of the office and she gives the reader as much insight as possible. These details really bring Anna’s world to life for the reader, immersing them in the novel. Leotta is also a talented author; her firm hand guides the story successfully, ensuring the reader gets a fast-paced, yet completely believable legal thriller.
While legal thrillers usually aren’t my first choice in books, Allison Leotta’s series has become a must-read for me. The presence of a strong female character who isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants is great. Anna is intent on being taken seriously and wants to be known for her brain, rather than her looks. Her struggle to prove herself is interesting, especially as the reader wonders whether she actually does face difficulties at work, or if it’s an inferiority complex all in her head. With an appealing main character and an exciting storyline, Discretion is not to be missed if you’re looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.
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