Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Angels Cry: a Novella (Spark Before Dying)

Angels Cry: a Novella (Spark Before Dying) by Tina Glasneck

Cold-hearted detective Peter Lazarus loves to toe the line, and being an undercover cop, he enjoys his sanctioned criminalism. Going by the name of Shane Sterns, called in to gather evidence against a ruthless gang distributing and transporting black tar heroin up and down the East Coast, he's a man without anything to lose. 

Until he walks into a bar run by the gang and sees Charlie. 

Charlotte "Charlie" Palmer knows him from a different time and place. She can blow his cover with one look. While undercover, he married Charlie, and after getting too close, he abandoned her. There were reasons for it back then, but watching Charlie dance with dead eyes, he knows her downward spiral has been swift. Recognizing the bars on her gilded cage, he realizes he does have one big regret. 

Shane says he's there for something else--and Charlie's got her own reasons to hate him and her own secrets to hide. He doesn't know everything about her--not by a long shot. Not only has her best friend disappeared, but Charlie knows she's next in line to die if she makes one false move. Loving him or hating him, trusting Shane is the only way she's going to live another day. . . and finally find their son. 

Angels Cry: A Novella (The Spark Before Dying Series, #2)Angels Cry: A Novella by Tina Glasneck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's hard for me to decide if I liked this book or not. The plot was intriguing. The twist, turn, development, all seemed very well thought out. I'm not a fanatic about the execution of it though. The ending, seemed more like a Scorsese film, than a book. At times, I was annoyed, flipping between characters, jumping around. It's certainly an interesting idea. I just think it needed a little more development in how it was written. With some work, this could be a great read! The author has a way of keeping you interested. I truly could see this becoming one of those movies. I just think that staying with each character a little longer, developing them a little more, would have paid off in an extra star or two for this book.

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