Notorious by Allison Brennan
Also by this author: Sudden Death, Fatal Secrets
Series: Max Revere Novels #1
Also in this series: Notorious, Maximum Exposure
Published by Minotaur Books
Read in: September 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan introduces an irrepressible heroine in her pulse-pounding new thriller Notorious, which Lisa Gardner says is, "Guaranteed to keep you up late at night."
Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.
When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O'Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets.
Now Max is home for Kevin's funeral--after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. She's finally prepared to come to terms with the loss of his friendship, but she's not prepared for Kevin's sister to stubbornly insist that he didn't kill himself. Or for an elderly couple to accost her at the airport, begging her to look into another murder at Max's old high school. Max is more interested in the cold case at her alma mater than in digging around Kevin's troubled life, but she agrees to do both. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hit far too close to home. And it's becoming increasingly clear that someone will do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.
I usually don’t read murder mysteries. I’m not really sure why but they were just never something I got into. So when Stephanie asked if I wanted to read this one I said yes thinking that at least it would be something new and different for me. I’m glad Stephanie talked me into this one.
The first thing I really liked about this book was the main character, Maxine Revere. She was feisty and she knew what she wanted and how she could get it in life. She is rich from her mother’s side and she doesn’t have to work in order to make a living but she enjoys finding out the truth on cold cases where everyone else gave up. It is a little similar to the show Cold Case so if you enjoyed that I would certainly try this book. I do feel that Max breaks the rules a bit more though because she is a reporter instead of a cop. This allows her to connect with people and get to the bottom of the story, even if it means she has to get into scary situations and go places that cops cannot go because of legal warrants needed.
The cold cases in this story were touching because they happened where Max grew up and one of the cases was about her high school best friend who was killed right before they graduated. This of course makes the case very personal to Max and also involves her family and all of her missed chances at relationships with her extended family. I really enjoyed seeing Max as a strong woman but also seeing her doubt herself and if people she grew up with could really kill others. It is always amazing to be able to think you could look someone in the eye and not know if they could have killed someone.
Overall, I’m not going to give away the plot because that is what a murder mystery is all about. I do have to say that I was taken with this book in the beginning. The middle was a bit slow for me because I wanted to know about her best friend’s murder and not this other guy’s death that she was looking into. Once the book got into the last 1/3rd I was once again hooked and needed to know how all of these puzzle pieces would fit together. I wanted to see how everything was going to work. Maybe because I don’t read many mystery novels I was taken by surprise by some of the reveals but that made it more fun for me. Maybe as I read more in this genre I will be able to solve the cases faster but for now I think I’m going to enjoy reading more about Maxine and the cases she has to solve. Plus I want to see where her fling with a handsome cop will lead.