26 November 2013

Title: Trouble Comes Knocking (Trouble #1)
Author: Mary Duncanson
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace, 179 Pages (November 11th, 2013)
From: eARC
Format: the Publisher
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Order a copy online: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: It’s hard not to answer when trouble comes knocking

A girl who can’t forget…

Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.

A detective on his first case…

Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.

A past that won’t go away…

When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.

Review: 3.5 Stars - Trouble Comes Knocking by author Mary Duncanson is a wonderful new title from the “New Adult” imprint Embrace from Entangled. Filled with mystery, a bit of romance and a character with a unique ability this book is a quick read that gets better with the turn of each page.

The characters in this one are quirky, including our main female lead Lucy Carver. She tries to stay under the radar but she has a hard time with her eidetic memory. It pretty much means she notices everything. Every little detail and tell from everyone around her. Keeping secrets and lies is a big no-no because she can see them coming from a mile away. When she starts a new job and notices some something that just don’t seem right she tries to help rather than hinder. There’s a murder and instantly she has a target on her back.

It’s a thrilling mystery with a touch of romance and the slight beginnings of a love triangle that doesn’t know if it wants to start or fizzle out. The clues that are given along the way lead the readers in all different directions in this mysterious who-done-it story.

I know for me I thought I knew who was the big bad was but my guesses were wrong, as were the little pieces of Lucy’s past that play a part of what I’m going to assume will be talked about more in future titles in the Trouble series. Which, I have to touch on that, I’m thankful it’s a series because there’s just so much information that I think with the main mystery the parts of her past would have become muddled. One would have to take a back seat and I’m glad that Duncanson didn’t give up one for the other.

It’s in this that it reminds me a little bit about Veronica Mars. Each season of the show had a large mystery that Veronica was working to solve and then each episode also had a smaller mystery she world work on as she accumulated information in solving the larger season story arch. In this title there’s a much larger story going on when it comes to Lucy and her past and then she’s working to help solve the mystery she’s found herself in at her new job.

While this is in the “New Adult” category and it does have some romance and kissing there’s not much more than that when it comes to sex. There are some adult themes and language that do show up throughout the story, so if you are looking for a cleaner title in this popular category this would be a great book to give a try. I would recommend this title to fans of titles with mystery and characters with a unique ability that proved to be refreshing while reading. I’m looking forward to the next title in the Trouble series to see what happens next with Lucy, her new job, her love life, her ability and her past. Happy Reading.

About the Author:

Mary Duncanson, who also writes as Mary Malcolm, lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and feral roommates. She is currently looking to adopt a husband, preferably housebroken, preferably as silly as her. When she’s not corraling her household, she’s talking to the characters in her head and hoping they talk back. When she’s not doing all that, she can be found wandering around Central Market with a happy, drooly foodie look on her face. Do not judge her, it is her Mecca.

Mary’s been writing since she was a teenager though spent quite a few years studying toward becoming a doctor before she realized she wanted to be a full-time author. Unfortunately, the people who own her student loans still want to be paid for the years they supported her medical dreams. Mary lives on a steady diet of coffee and chocolate and believes, like Eleanor Roosevelt, that people should believe in the beauty of their dreams. She also believes people should ignore the word should because really, it’s kind of a judgmental word. Mary dreams of one day living as a full-time, well paid novelist (hint, hint) and also of one day traveling to Chile to pay homage to her soul mate, Pablo Neruda.

Find Mary Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

About Embrace:

EMBRACE…endless possibilities.  A new adult imprint from Entangled, launching November 11th! You can follow them and get more information about future titles @EPEmbrace or their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceImprint


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reading Trouble Comes Knocking! I can't wait to share the rest of Lucy's story with you. It's promising to be quite the ride!



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