Friday, July 20, 2012

First Do No Evil

Title: First Do No Evil
Author: Carey Baldwin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-60928-881-5
Genre: {M/F} Suspense Series
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Dr. Skylar Novak’s father was murdered during a home invasion when she was a teenager and her mother died of breast cancer several years later. She’s still having trouble dealing with the loss of the people who meant the most to her. As an adult, she’s putting her life back together and opened a free clinic with her fiancé Edmond. But evil is still out there and it’s stalking Skylar. 

 A chance meeting with Skylar puts Detective Daniel Benson directly in the path of a killer. When the bullets fly, lives are put in danger, people die and Danny is seriously injured. Weeks after Sky saves his life, Danny’s convinced that Sky’s life is in danger but no one will listen to him. As he searches for the truth, they grow closer but as secrets are unearthed, danger looms and he’ll need to risk everything to keep the ones he loves safe. 

First Do No Evil is the first release in the new series Blood Secrets by Carey Baldwin. It’s a well-written romantic medical thriller that grabs your attention with a bang and doesn’t let go. In fact, those first action-packed scenes in the diner are so vivid, so shocking and filled with emotion I could almost feel it. And I’m happy to say the author’s ability to express a scene or an emotion doesn’t end here but is skillfully spread throughout this wonderfully plotted story. Let me tell you, I was kept on the edge of my seat with its many spine-chilling twists and turns.

Ms. Baldwin’s created a great story. It’s entertaining, fast-paced, has a smooth flowing plot and two great characters in Danny and Skylar - and I loved how the author got them together. The details of the medical part of the story are nicely done, which isn’t surprising considering the author is a practicing physician. I didn’t find the information overwhelming or too overdone and I doubt others will either after years of watching shows like CSI on TV. Now to the villain. I won’t give away his identity but he’s named early on in the book and becomes a third main character.  The guy’s really cold, dangerous and mostly unfeeling—he’s spooky and instead of being a cookie cutter bad guy, Ms. Baldwin made him unique and interesting. I don’t know where this series is going but I can’t wait for the next release.

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