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May 16, 2008

Review: Twisted by Andrea Kane

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , — kris012 @ 9:59 am
Twisted by Andrea Kane

The first thing that you should know about “Twisted” by Andrea Kane is that I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a romance novel. Sure, there’s a romantic relationship between two of the main characters. But I felt the romance was a secondary element to the story – it happened in the midst of all this other action and the relationship development was not the primary focus of the story. I don’t mean to make that sound like a bad thing, because I don’t think it is, but I do think you should be aware of that going in.

“Twisted” strongly reminded me of a really good, complex action movie. Sloane Burbank is a former FBI Agent who is doing some consulting while recovering from a vicious attack. She’s called in to investigate the disappearance of a childhood friend. The FBI agent on the case is Derek Parker, former Army ranger and all-around alpha male. Derek and Sloane broke up when she left the FBI, and he’s not exactly eager to renew their old friendship. As Derek and Sloane begin their investigation, it becomes obvious that they’re on the trail of a serial killer who seems to have an unhealthy interest in Sloane.

There’s quite a bit of tension between Derek and Sloane at the beginning. In fact, there’s significant buildup about their history. You know something happened in the past that caused them to breakup, but you’re not sure what that was. The first part of the novel almost feels like you’re eavesdropping on a private conversation – the people involved know what’s going on, but since they won’t elaborate on it, you’re left wondering what happened. Eventually everything is explained, so I thought it was a good way of building suspense and intrigue into the story.

I couldn’t get over the detail in this novel. I have no first-hand knowledge of the FBI or law enforcement to assess the accuracy of the book, but the long acknowledgement section in the beginning shows that a tremendous amount of effort went into making sure the details were realistic. That level of detail came across very naturally in the book, so it wasn’t too technical or overwhelming. There’s even an FBI organizational chart included (which, actually, was a little more detailed than I needed, but it might be interesting to others).

My one small gripe is that there were a few plot points at the end that seemed a little forced and convenient. Usually I can go along with a story and ignore unrealistic scenarios or behaviors, but there were two items that seemed so “wrong” or “off” to me that they managed to force my attention away from the story. Perhaps it’s because the rest of the novel was so engrossing that these minor flaws felt so jarring at the time.

Since this book was more of a “thriller with some romance” than a “romantic thriller”, the sex scenes were relatively minimal and discreet – typically a few paragraphs at most. If you’re looking for something that’s really hot and steamy, and where the relationship is the focus on the book, this story may not be for you. But if you’re looking for an thrilling crime drama that’ll give you a close-up view in the workings of the FBI and NYPD, with a little bit of a romance on the side, then you’ll like Andrea Kane’s “Twisted”.

 

Reviewed by Kristina

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