Review of The Alias
First a disclaimer. Mandi is really nice--friendly, personable and funny. So of course I hoped I'd like the book. I didn't want to write up a scathing review for a nice author. Luckily, that wasn't a problem.
The Alias is a really good story. I liked the characters a lot and was cheering for them to have a happy ending (except for the bad guys, of course). The setting was believable and the challenges Jacey and her son faced felt real.
Before I tell you my thoughts about the FBI and their initial interrogation, I should let you know I'm a crime show snob. For example, I love Goren and Eames on Law and Order: Criminal Intent but couldn't stand Jeff Goldblum's Zach Nichols, no matter who his partner was. It may stem back to my work as a legal secretary in a large public defender's office, but the initial FBI interrogation in the book didn't feel real to me. It happens in the first few pages of the book and when I was reading it, I was worried I might struggle with the rest of the book.
But I didn't at all. In fact, once those first pages were over, the rest of the book was suspenseful, interesting, gripping and hard to put down, so when you're reading, be sure to move beyond those first few pages. You'll be glad you did.
Thanks Mandi, for asking me to participate and for giving me a book I really enjoyed reading. I'm looking forward to your next one!