All Good Deeds by Stacy Green
Published by Twisted Minds Press on September 15, 2014
Genre(s): fiction, crime, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: e-book, 310
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She’s no killer. She’s just taking out the trash.
Don’t call Lucy Kendall a serial killer. She’s fighting for the innocent, and she’ll do whatever it takes to bring justice.
When a child disappears, Lucy quickly discovers the link to a predator she’s faced before–a man the state of Pennsylvania decided to turn loose on the streets. Determined to find the little girl and put a criminal behind bars for good, Lucy forces her way onto the case.
As the search for the kidnapped child pulls Lucy into a web of evil beyond her darkest imagination, she’ll have to face her own dark truths to save the little girl–and herself.
I stumbled across this as a free e-book through Book Bub. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
“I’m not a killer. Or a savior. I’m just one person trying to repair the broken scales of justice one jagged crack at a time.”
And so began the fast paced thriller that kept me so enthralled, I finished it within 24 hours. We join this novel at the perfect spot. Upon finishing the first chapter, I simply had to keep reading. It gets a bit murky in the middle, with a full cast of characters and a couple plot twists, but finds its footing again near the end. And Lucy, our protagonist, is wonderfully complex and layered. Regardless of how uncomfortable she makes you, you can’t help but root for her.
There is an awful lot of coincidence and crazy in this book. Perhaps because there were so many crazy characters, many of them didn’t feel as fully creepy as I think they were intended to be. Between all these Creepy McCreepsters and a somewhat convoluted plot, maybe it’s possible Green was stretched a bit thin?
For the most part, given it’s subject matter, All Good Deeds was not particularly graphic. But the implications of what some of the offenders do to young children is appalling. Despite this and some of the contentions I had, this was still so thoroughly entertaining. Recommended for mystery, crime, and thriller lovers. Bonus if you get it as a Kindle or nook book – both are free!