Book Review Jackie K Cooper
DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS by Amanda Kyle Williams
If you are ready for a new author of thrillers; one who will shake up your literary world with freshness and talent, well I have a name for you - Amanda Kyle Williams. Ms. Williams is the author of three novels, the latest being DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS and this is her best book yet. She provides readers with a gasp inducing plot, a wide range of enjoyable and interesting characters, and a talent for background descriptions which will have you breathing in the Georgia heat. This is somebody you will be hooked on as soon as you crack open the pages of this new story.
Williams' main character is Atlanta detective Keye Street. She is also a private investigator, process server and anything else that is legal and pays. She used to be a criminal investigative analyst for the FBI but an addiction to alcohol got her fired from that job. She is now clean and sober but the old urges still haunt her.
She is in a relationship with Police Lieutenant Aaron Rauser, and she is happy. They aren't in the "let's take it too the next step" period yet and that is fine with her. She likes for things to be loose and enjoyable, and Rauser is certainly that. Sill when she is asked to head to Whisper, Georgia to consult on a case she looks forward to having some time to herself.
The case concerns the abduction and murder of two thirteen year old girls. The abductions took place over the course of about ten years, but the two bodies were found in the same locale. Keye has the expertise the local sheriff is looking for, and she plunges headfirst into the case.
The exciting thing about Williams' writing is how easily she draws the reader into the drama of the story. It only takes a few paragraphs and you know you are going to stay with this book until the story is completed. Most mystery readers are amateur sleuths in their minds and the urge to figure out the killer before he or she is revealed by the author is strong. Williams knows how to play that game and she adds enough twists and turns to keep the reader off kilter to the very end.
Many thriller writers can handle the plot of their stories and make them very interesting, but few know how to develop strong emotions within their stories. Williams can. She lets the reader invest emotionally with Street and travel with her as she is tempted to get involved with the handsome sheriff who has invited her to Whisper. Her reaction to this man, and her reaction to her reaction, create the heart of the book.
Amanda Kyle Williams is a keeper. If you love good mysteries or are just a fan of talented writing you must pick up her books. The first two were good but DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS is her best. As for the future, well the skies the limit.
DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS is published by Bantam Books. It contains 336 pages and sells for $26.00.
Jackie K Cooper
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