NETWORK OF DECEIT: An Amara Alvarez (Stand-Alone) by Tom Threadgill
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Detective
Date of Publication: February 2, 2021
Number of Pages: 384 pages
She's following her instincts. They're following her every move. After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.
As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.
Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.
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Network of Deceit is another strong, suspenseful work of art. Amara Alvarez, the main character is one resilient, spunky individual who is more than entertaining. I loved Threadgill’s first, Collision of Lies and this second book in the Alvarez series did not disappoint.
I did enjoy that such a heightened level of suspense did not have to be synonymous with vulgarity, gore, torture, or rape. There was not a single curse word throughout this book and that right there makes this book a unicorn. Threadgill does not use the crutches and overused tropes so many books now use. He gave Amara so much dimension by having her face such different circumstances and interactions, creating a very well-rounded character. She had everyone from a sun-loving lizard to a mean coworker to show the reader who she was.
I loved that Amara was a “noob” in a new department. It allowed for a chance to see her grow and find herself, draw her lines she did not want to cross, and have those awkward realizations as she finds her prioritizes and sees who is really there for her. She was very open with her emotions and thoughts while processing each decision and hang up, and I think it brought the reader into the story that much more and made sure everyone was rooting for her!
I will say the first few chapters were filled with references to things that happened in Collision of Lies and to be honest, I would recommend reading that first novel before starting this one. The foundation of the characters was so strongly built in that one. Network of Deceit does a great job continuing those storylines, but I really did want to go back and be reminded of just how Wylie and Starsky came into Amara’s life since they were such huge influences in this second novel.
Thank you Lonestar Literary Life for the free, review copy of a Network of Deceit. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone from those who enjoy gaming, cyber tech, and cryptocurrency to the mystery lovers like myself that think the more suspense the better. This was a fun, relevant book about cybercrime that was seen through a character’s perspective who was better off using a flip phone, so it was easy to understand but fun to learn.
Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas.
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