Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Dangerous Harbor by R.P. Dahlke {Book Review}

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A Dangerous Harbor

Katrina's life goes from perfect to bad in a blink of an eye. She's a San Francisco cop with a powerful fiancé that instantly turns into being suspended off the force, and dumped by her fiancé so he can save his own career. She was suspended from the force because she shot her sisters stalker. So to deal with her life as it has become, she sails to Mexico on her personal boat, the Pilgrim. As if life couldn't get any more screwed up for Katrina, the plot thickens into murder and darkness.

While sailing out to her vacation, she finds a dead girl that she mistakenly reports to the Mexican officials, landing her in Mexican jail. Could they possibly believe that she is some how connected to this young girl's death?

The author does a great job at expressing the agitation and struggle Katrina goes through. I could definitely feel her angst and confusion as her life seems to fall apart suddenly. This is a great murder mystery that will have you clenching your book in anticipation on what is to come. I would rate this PG so it's not too much for those out there that do not enjoy the mushy romance that sometimes comes with the murder mystery's.

I found some of the writing to be a bit confusing, especially when the author changes up points of view, and quick scene changes. At times, the book seemed to be written in a different tense. I found myself backtracking through the book to keep up with the plot. The characters did not match their personalities or descriptions. For example, it seemed that Raul, the Mexican Police Chief should have had more of a bad-ass personality to back up his dialogue. In my opinion, he sounded very weak and could have been developed a bit more for being a pretty big character throughout the book.

Overall I found this to be a typical murder mystery book with many dramatic turns that destroyed the main character's life. Isn't that how most of them go? I would rate this book a 3/5. It was good, but could have been better.

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