After reading several of Carsen Taite’s novels, I’ve learned that you can always count on her to write stories that will captivate the reader’s interest and keep them reading until the very end. Whether she is writing from the perspective of the lawyers or the police, her mystery and romance novels will definitely entertain. That is especially true with her newest novel, Drawn.
This book is a police procedural about a young artist (Riley Flynn) who finds herself part of a murder investigation when the killer begins leaving their murder victims at the sites where Riley has been sketching. The police even wonder if Riley may be the killer. This causes problems for Detective Claire Hanlon who is assigned the case. Unfortunately, she may end up having to arrest the woman for murder she has become very attracted to.
This is a really exciting mystery and intrigue novel. Ms. Taite kept me wondering who the murderer was until almost the very end of the story. There were so many possibilities and suspects, I really never figured out who it was until the end. This is also a character driven tale, and boy, are these characters well drawn. (See what I did there?) The romance is an enemies-to-lovers as well as a slow-burn romance with just the right amount of angst to make things interesting between the two main characters.
I have only one slight complaint about the story. I wish it had been just a little bit longer. The ending felt a bit rushed, and there were a couple of questions about one or two minor characters I would have liked answered that weren’t. Other than that, I believe this is a wonderful tale and recommend it to everyone.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.