Author: Laurel Dewey
The Story Plant
Read for: Pump Up Your Book tour
After the events in Protector (Story Plant mass market, May 2009), Jane Perry has resigned from the Denver Police Department. Trying to make a living as a private investigator, she finds her past haunting her at every turn and her old demons rising up to torment her. Seeking some level of comfort at an AA meeting, Jane encounters a woman who knows what Jane does for a living. The woman wants Jane to drive with her from Colorado to Northern California in search of a man who matches the description of the killer who murdered her granddaughter many years before. She’s convinced that the man has started to kill again and she wants to stop him. Jane thinks the woman is crazy-especially when she discovers that she’s a New Age devotee-but Jane is desperate for work. They head on the road, gathering critical information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has recently experienced several events in her life that seem to border on the paranormal, though she is a complete skeptic in that regard. Now, those experiences come with greater frequency. And when the trail of the killer leads to a fundamentalist church, the consequences of belief and faith propel her toward a deadly confrontation.
When I first received the book, I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but fortunately it can be read as a stand-alone novel. And, since I haven’t read the first in the Jane Perry series, Protector, I have to do my review like Redemption is a one-shot novel.
I was a little startled when Jane appears, and she’s so angry all the time. She throws things constantly. I was so relieved to see Kit show up, because she gave me a bit of relief from Jane’s ever-constant cynicism. Jane comes across as very close-minded, especially towards things spiritual, and even if she doesn’t believe, she seems to dislike the quality in others, as well. She is quick to dismiss Kit as a nut job, although she does go to her eventually. Knowing now that the book was the second in a series, I wonder if Jane’s attitude is a result of what happened in Protector, or if she’s always like this. After a while, Jane started to grow on me. Her initial attitude was startling, but after a while (okay, something like five pages) I got used to it.
Overall, I liked the book. I really liked Kit, and her absolute insistance that Jane is the one to help her, even though Jane is resistant. The descriptions are vivid, so much so that I could see the characters, the places, and Jane’s Mustang.
A copy of this book was generously provided to me by the publisher as a part of the Pump Up Your Book tour.
Originally posted 01 March 2011.