In All the Best Lies, Joanna Schaffhausen’s third crime novel featuring police woman Ellery Hathaway and FBI agent Reed Markham, the writing is crisp, the suspense is intense and the tale ends with a twist no one is likely to see coming. Even so, the most appealing thing about this fine series is the complex, evolving relationship between the protagonists.
As a teenager, Ellery was kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer. Her dramatic rescue by an FBI agent was big national news. That agent was Reed. Now, Ellery is a damaged young woman who understandably shuns romantic entanglements. Reed, a divorced father, is protective of the girl he once saved but is increasingly drawn to her courage and beauty.
With each novel, they circle each other, drawing ever closer before partially pulling back. The author handles their emotional dance with keen insight and sensitivity.
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