A Reader's Opinion: DUPLICITY by Jane Haseldine


DUPLICITY will keep readers guessing until the very end! This is the first time that I read a book written by Jane Haseldine, and DUPLICITY is a real page turner! Ms. Haseldine nicely blended her characters into a well-written and developed suspense. I just took a peek at the first chapter and quickly got hooked, and since the story starts with a very intriguing scene, I could not put it down! I haven't read her first book but realized that DUPLICITY could be read as a stand-alone novel. In this book, we follow the same heroine, Julia Gooden, from The Last Time She Saw Him. Julia, mother of two young boys Logan and Will, is a crime reporter for a Detroit newspaper. She is protected in her life by her ex-husband David Tanner, a District Attorney, and her ex-boyfriend, Ray Navarro, a detective for the Detroit PD. Julia is an over-protective mother because Ben, her oldest brother, was kidnapped when she was a child. She is still tormented by the memories. She is also a stubborn, independent, and very smart woman willing to risk everything for her career. She is still separated from David, but working hard on a reconciliation. David is working on a case involving Nick Rossi, a powerful man and violent criminal who uses people.

There are many twists and turns that make DUPLICITY a great suspense. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotions, lies, and betrayals! Julia and Navarro will team up to solve the Rossi case, and the suspense ends on an unexpected note! Even if some passages have violence, which is to be expected in this genre, and are a bit rock & roll, I need to give DUPLICITY 5 stars. I don’t often read mystery-suspense, but still enjoyed following this strong heroine! I’m wondering what will happen next.

Rating: 5 Stars | Content Rating: R-2 | Reviewed by: Nicole Laverdure


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In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past. Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace. Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured. Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…

Genre: Mystery/Thriller |March 28, 2017 | 352pp | Series: A Julia Gooden Mystery

Publisher: Kensington | Format Read: Paperback | Source: Provided by the author or publisher


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