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Book Review: Deadly Repercussions

DEADLY REPERCUSSIONS by Karen Black is a satisfyingly mysterious crime thriller about dangerous consequences. Check out what Tomi Alo has to say in her book review of this indie thriller.

Book Review: Deadly Repercussions

Reviewed by Tomi Alo

Satisfyingly mysterious—a crime thriller about dangerous consequences

This mystery-thriller is jam-packed with loyalty, deception, betrayal, and unexpected twists and turns. 

The story follows 14-year-old Juan Velasquez after the death of his father. Left on his own, Juan does what he needs to survive. He works as an informant for Diego Martinez, an ATF border agent due to his reputation for discretion and experience in navigating the mountains of the Chihuahuan desert. After working with him as an informant, Martinez later hires Juan as an ATF agent.

Through the years, Juan becomes a well-known agent and tracker who can find just about anyone and anything. He frequently works with the United States Border Patrol as a consultant and occasionally as a guide. However, because of his work, danger always lurks close by, which leads to the death of his wife.

Having now lost two of the most important people in his life, Juan swears: “to use all means available to right injustice to those close to him.” Even if that means going down a path that doesn’t always follow the letter of the law.

Deadly Repercussions is a good mystery and suspense novel. The protagonist has specific skills as an agent, and he’s deeply connected to the job at hand because of its personal nature. I love what’s driving him here, especially since I’m already so invested in solving the mystery.

However, it’s not always too easy to connect with the characters. There are a number of time-jumps in the story, and as a result, we get little background information on main characters. We don’t have the opportunity to see them develop, like how Elizabeth, Juan’s daughter, is characterized. There are two different seven-year time jumps, and by the time she’s in college, we are told she has a passion for hiking, but we don’t get to see the strong independent woman the novel claims her to be. There are also a few inconsistencies with ages and descriptions.

Readerly curiosity is imminent when it comes to this mystery. Considering this is the most important element in the genre, I’d say this one succeeds in its goal. I couldn’t help but continue wondering how this thing is going to end. 

All in all, Deadly Repercussions is an enjoyable mystery-thriller that explores the sanctity of justice and retribution. Quick and mysterious, Deadly Repercussions is sure to leave thriller fans feeling satisfied. 

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense / Crime

Print Length: 389 pages

ISBN: 979-8725019353

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