Author: Allison Brennan
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating: 4 out of 5
When a high-priced prostitute linked to Washington, DC’s elite is found dead, it sets off a firestorm. FBI Academy future attendee Lucy Kincaid wants to consult on the murder as she has in previous cases with her friend and mentor Noah Armstrong. But Lucy’s presence ruffles some feathers, and she must learn firsthand how to navigate the difficult politics of the FBI while still pursuing justice for the victim.
The fourth Lucy Kincaid novel takes the reader back to sex-related crimes (after the departure from the theme in the previous novel If I Should Die). This time, it’s a prostitute who’s the victim, and Lucy feels determined to bring her to justice. The story is well-crafted and interesting, and though there are parts of it that are predictable, it makes for a satisfying read.
The most interesting aspect of Silenced is Lucy’s first real confrontation with FBI internal politics. Up until now, she has been sheltered from the way that the organization works by Noah, but now, he can’t protect her. Some aspects of the way Lucy is treated are unfair, but it’s also clear that Lucy has received special treatment, different than other FBI Academy recruits. It’s interesting to see Lucy reflect on this, as well as to watch her develop a thicker skin.
If you’ve read the first three books in the Lucy Kincaid series, reading Silenced should be a no-brainer. If you haven’t, you should still consider picking this book up. Brennan catches the reader up on enough such that it’s easy to read this as a standalone novel, and each of the books in the series is a suspenseful, thrilling novel.
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