Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book Review: 'Dawn Girl' by Leslie Wolfe

Florida author Leslie Wolfe has assumed the role of the feminine counterpart to the Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Ian Fleming set, proving that indeed women can equal if not surpass the established norm of espionage techno-thrillers. One of the many reasons Leslie makes her novels work is her creation of strong female roles – something her male counterparts have found it difficult to do. Another couple of pluses in her corner are her penetrating interest in both psychology and technology – both of which she employs to fine use in this thriller.

Having read Leslie’s other books, DAWN GIRL whets the appetite for brilliant thriller writing. She simply does not miss a beat from the opening overture to the finale. For example, how many authors can push as much energy into the first paragraphs as this? ‘She made an effort to open her eyes, compelling her heavy eyelids to obey. She swallowed hard, her throat raw and dry, as she urged the wave of nausea to subside. Dizzy and confused, she struggled to gain awareness. Where was she? She felt numb and shaky, unable to move, as if awakening from a deep sleep or a coma. She tried to move her arms, but couldn’t. Something kept her immobilized, but didn’t hurt her. Or maybe she couldn’t feel the pain, not anymore. Her eyes started to adjust to the darkness, enough to distinguish the man moving quietly in the room. His silhouette flooded her foggy brain with a wave of memories. She gasped, feeling her throat constrict and burning tears rolling down her swollen cheeks.’ You sense the tension – but read the entire book in a short period of time to maximize the effect.

The PR release sums up the story well: ‘The book introduces the bold, direct, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett in a white-knuckled race to catch a serial killer and rescue his latest victim. FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before. 

Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost? 

The rules of the game have changed.
So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.’

Every book grows and Leslie’s reputation in the literary world continues to climb. Why? Because she just happens to be that good. All other serial killer thrillers fade in the presence of this fine new DAWN GIRL. Grady Harp, September 16

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