Top positive review
I want more Jade Harrington!
May 23, 2016
This novel isn't perfect, but it's an excellent step-out for first-time author JL Brown, and I want more.
-Brown knows and fleshes out her scenery. When she describes where the characters are walking, living, doing, you get to know it, even if you've never been. From Crystal City by DC to Seattle, you get to know your settings.
-Though she can be a little preachy with the politics some times, she does a great job of really presenting the why behind the conservative and liberal mindsets, and she makes humans out of the lead political characters Cole Brennan (loving and dedicated father who truly cares about the country in his own way, not just a cartoonish Rush Limbaugh-type) and Whitney Fairchild (Junior senator balancing a presidential campaign, extramarital affair scandal who, though she holds leftish views, understands and values the compromise necessary to represent all Americans well.)
-The diversity! It's not all tough white dudes and soft-hearted women there to heal their wounds! This novel looks like the real world. There are good and bad women and men of all ethnic backgrounds. I know the Bechdel test is for movies, but this book passes :)
-Jade is clearly the head of the investigation, but Brown does a good job of really fleshing out the rest of the team, and you feel invested in them. I hope to see them in future novels, too.
Didn't love: In the vain of too many thriller heroes/heroines, Jade is a loner with a sour past that keep her from connecting well with others. Unlike some other novels' leads, she isn't arrogant and condescending to others, as much as she is stubborn and nervous to share the burden. This leads her to be unnecessarily irritable on occasion, to the detriment of those around her. This isn't bad, per se, I just wish she could be a little more likable.