Title: Rage Against the Dying
Author: Becky Masterman
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Brigid Quinn is a former FBI Special Agent who has retired to Arizona with her husband. She’s done her best to put her past behind her, neglecting to tell her husband about her tendency for violence on the job that has driven her previous lovers away. When Brigid gets the chance to close an old case and solve the murder of a friend, she’s drawn back into her old lifestyle and it threatens everything she holds dear.
Rage Against the Dying features a strong, tough main character in Brigid Quinn. She’s not your average protagonist, though; she’s not young and sultry and is definitely on the wrong side of fifty. She’s tough as nails and isn’t afraid to step outside the bounds of the law in order to get what she wants, which, in this case, is closure, justice, and perhaps more than a little revenge. It’s refreshing to read a novel that features someone different, outside of the traditional literary mold.
The plot of Rage Against the Dying is taut and razor sharp. As Brigid tries to solve the puzzle in front of her, the answers only lead to more questions. Masterman excels at plotting and pace, ensuring that readers will be completely and utterly hooked. Even when some of the plot twists seem a bit coincidental, readers will just want to go with them because the story is so well told. Masterman leads the reader on quite a ride, and readers will be trying to guess the outcome from beginning to end.
While Brigid is a refreshing character in Rage Against the Dying, she’s also admittedly a bit difficult to like. Most of her issues are of her own making. She refuses to trust her husband, her colleagues, her friends (if you can call them that). It’s understandable that she’s self-reliant and determined, and also that she hasn’t had the easiest time of things, but her determination to shut people out is very frustrating. Though she’s definitely a well-written character, she’s obstinate and not all that likeable.
Still, despite my issues with Brigid in Rage Against the Dying, I enjoyed the book as a whole. Masterman has created an intriguing main character, and the many plot twists and turns demonstrate that she’s very good at creating an intricate crime fiction storyline. Readers will appreciate Brigid’s abilities and her willingness to do whatever it takes to stop those who would hurt others. Whether this is the first in a series or a standalone novel, Masterman has done well with her debut.