Genre: Thriller/Dark Humor
Publication date: November 1, 2019
Content Warning: Sexual content (not erotica)
Source: Rachel’s Random Resources
Standalone First Book in a Series
Artist Sally Mellors has planned the perfect revenge, but with two secret agents on her tail, and her best friends running the police investigation, getting away with murder is going to be tricky…
Everybody loves Sally. She’s a funny, generous, warm hearted friend, without a nasty bone in her body.
Unknown to her friends, Sally’s discovered another side to herself, cool headed and relentless, as she hunts down the three men who killed her husband.
But Sally’s not the only one with an interest in the trio. Unknown to her, two agents have arrived in town, urgently hunting a missing man and his diary, which could blow their organisation apart. Their best leads are the very men that Sally’s hunting, and she’s getting in the way…
A Thoughtful Woman is an absorbing and detail-oriented book. I learnt how the human body drowns, how to use maths to determine the make of the car from its tread tracks, and how rigor mortis is used to determine the approximate time of death.
The book is set in a time when the most high-tech equipment available was a video camera and people could not be reached if they were out of their homes (no mobile phones, only walkie talkies used by police).
The characters conduct research in a proper library or ask around if they want to know something (no Internet). It’s certainly a change from the tech-driven thrillers that rely on smart cameras and coding to crack cases.
The author describes some fine driving by Sally, the MC, on treacherous terrain. I feel those sections are the high point of this book. Some mildly misogynistic characters in the police force are heard grudgingly admiring her smart driving, which is far superior to their own skills.
Even thought there was a sexual content warning, I was not quite prepared for what happens inside Helen’s studio. It wasn’t shocking, but it was unusual for me. I must admit I squirmed whenever I read the bits about a single hair being found between the teeth of victims. (I’m not saying any more!)
Sally is a cool cucumber, a slow-burning piece of charcoal. She has the intelligence, education, determination, discipline, and decision-making capacity to take the sort of revenge she’s planning. She has nerves of steel and can think on her feet. She also has no qualms using her sexuality to get what she wants.
She’s really turned out to be a dual personality, living two entirely different lives. Her friends have no clue what she is really up to, but I suspect they may find out in the next installment of the book. The fact that she has friends in the police force, whom she manipulates to meet her own ends is so daring. Detective Inspector Peregrine McEwan has no idea who he is up against.
The story is open-ended and too unfulfilling for me. It gives us a sense that more is definitely coming because it’s more of a pause than a conclusion.
I had put this book aside initially because it requires full concentration to follow the story. A map has been helpfully provided in the beginning so you can follow all the portions in the book where locations and routes are significant. I found it a bit tough to understand all of it, but I enjoyed the chase scenes nevertheless.
It is a thriller set in a much slower age, but there’s no dearth of action. Highly recommended!
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About the Author
K.T. Findlay lives on a small farm where he dovetails his writing with fighting the blackberry and convincing the quadbike that killing its rider isn’t a vital part of its job description.