Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Striking Back : A Review

Striking Back


Mark Nykanen

A Review

Mark Nykanen has created a thriller that until the last page could have any number of results - and that is what held this reader’s attention from the first page. Gwyn Sanders had the unwanted task of running a psychotherapy group for a group of wife abusers - a group that was slowly being killed off. The result was a murder mystery that was just right to involve the characters of Criminal Minds, though they are in no way involved.

The suspect list, both the official one, compiled by the police, and the unofficial one, compiled by Gwyn, seemed to be unending. The biggest problem was that the list, the official one at least, began with Gwyn, a woman with a past that included a deceased father whose death 20 some years ago might be blamed on her as well. The list also includes her boyfriend, her mother, her mother’s boyfriend, among others.

Set in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the characters move from lofts, to the beach, to the local coffee shop, and an expansive (or expensive) home built along the beach. I felt like I had moved back home - and enjoyed the journey that Mark Nykanen took me on.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

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