Abandoned by Allison Brennan
Also by this author: Sudden Death, Fatal Secrets
Series: Max Revere Novels #5
Also in this series: Notorious, Maximum Exposure
Published by Minotaur Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Read in: August 2018
Reading Challenges: 2018 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she's never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now.
With a single clue―that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay―Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother's story unfolds, she realizes that Martha teamed up with a con man. They traveled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.
Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother.
New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan weaves the intimate, unputdownable story of an investigator confronting the most important--and most dangerous--mystery of her career. - via GoodReads
Abandoned by Allison Brennan is the book I’ve been waiting for since I read Notorious in 2014. This is the story of what shaped the woman Max Revere has become.
Max is in her most vulnerable state in Abandoned. While she tries to treat her mother’s case like another cold case, it is hard for her. We learn more about her past, her home life, and her mother Martha. I honestly wonder if Martha had an undiagnosed mental illness. I also really hope that a future book will dig into what happened between Martha and Brooks. It seems like more than just average sibling animosity.
Brennan did a brilliant job of presenting Martha Revere’s story. Abandoned is told along dual timelines and I really enjoyed getting to “meet” Martha as herself rather than through memories of others. I didn’t particularly like her but I was able to make that decision based on her actions and character for the first time. I knew the most likely outcome to the past story but it was still thrilling to read.
The present sections spend most of the story focused on Max for kind of obvious reasons. We get to meet a few new characters and I think we’ll see more of them in future books. I was bummed not to get to spend as much time with David. Max is still resolving some of her personal issues and I think she may be on the right track for her own happiness. The ending to this book was just wow. It blew me away. There was a ton of action and a lot happened very quickly.
Each time I read a book in this series I’m always left eagerly awaiting the next entry. There is too long of a waiting period for me in between Brennan’s releases but they are truly worth the wait. I’m excited to see where Max’s story goes next!
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- 2018 GoodReads