Book Review: The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris

About the Book-

When FBI agent Jack Shannon arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, he is focused on one thing: find the man who has been selling encrypted government secrets to the Chinese. But when a senator is shot during a hunting trip and the woman he was with is abducted, Jack agrees to join the search–especially when he discovers that the kidnapping victim is Aubrey Grayson, a woman he was one in love with.

As the search continues, it becomes clear the senator may not have been the intended victim–and Aubrey may be connected to the other case Jack is supposed to be working on. Can Jack untangle the knots before it’s too late? And when he learns the truth, will it be too painful to get past?

My Review-

This was the first book I’ve read by Lisa Harris!! I have heard a lot of good things about the books that she writes, but I have never gotten a chance to try out one of her books for myself until now.

It was a very well written story: it didn’t move too fast or too slow and the storyline fit together cohesively. As simple as that may sound, it doesn’t often happen in suspense books: I have read way too many where sixteen characters were introduced early on and then it was either a TON of action or a bunch of terminology . . . and those books are never fun. The Traitor’s Pawn wasn’t like that though, and I really liked the pacing of the book.

I really liked seeing a different side of law enforcement/FBI work: there are plenty of books on espionage, but this storyline was a little bit more different somehow? The criminals in the book are really smart and they actually shine out more than other suspense books that I’ve read.

We, as readers, don’t get to see much into the minds of Aubrey and Jack, which was interesting. This was very much a third person limited point of view, where nothing was revealed at all until action was taken. I’m not sure about how I feel about it, but it worked well for this story, especially with how much action was in it. However, I never really felt connected to either character, so there is also that.

Another issue I have with the story is the realism of it: although I am not well versed in the criminal justice technology, somehow I don’t think it’s possible to slow cars down based on their GPS systems??? and the easy at which calls are traced in the book was a little bit suspicious. Again, not well versed at all, but the ease at which these people were being traced was a little bit odd to me. (The IT people were able to trace something almost immediately in several places in the book and I don’t think it just makes sense?)

Overall, this was a book I really enjoyed, and I will definitely be picking up more books by Lisa Harris in the future. The storytelling was well done, but the connection to characters and the realism may be lacking a little bit.

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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