Review from Online Book Club

Review from Online Book Club

Making Angels was an exciting read. It had all the elements of a crime thriller, creating a flow of interest to keep one engaged yet withholding satisfaction to the end. In this installment of the Stella Fargo series, M.J. Holt delivered a fantastic narrative. Stella Fargo is sent by her boss to investigate his daughter's disappearance in Peninsula County. This investigation led to a bigger diabolical discovery. What evil awaits her in the county? Will she escape a vindictive ex from her past?

The first thing that caught my attention was the "People You Will Meet" section before the story began. It felt like an information overload because they were too much, and I initially lacked enough information to care about them. Even during my reading journey, I still had to backtrack to it, thus breaking flow most times. I was happy to make sense of why the author added that section eventually.

The variety of characters made the locational setting feel much more alive. From the little details of the type of sandwich offered to the emotional vulnerability shown, I could empathize with the characters. Even the villains had unique personalities and motives from a standpoint that seemed beneficial to them.

The majority of the crimes feel like a wake-up call to gender-based violence towards women, which in our society is quite rampant. We need to always look out for each other.

Rape in any form, especially when a child is involved, is always horrific to read about — in fiction or reality. Most fathers either give consent for the rape or are the rapists, making it more dehumanizing. The Islers are parents I won't wish on anyone, let alone little children. Keenie has a sick obsession, and Jonas has an apathetic personality. Together, they create mental scars that run deep.

M.J. Holt's writing style made for an enjoyable read. The writing was done in simple English with the necessary dose of profanity to accentuate situational feelings. The main character was a female. Hence, the story was written from a feminine perspective. The possibilities of death felt real and practical. There was an emphasis on the legal side of law enforcement, which came from the author's personal experience. Humorous scenes were lacking, which felt right, judging from the plot context.

Making Angels was fun, bringing the reader immediately into the action. I had no serious issues with it. With a few typos, I could say that it was professionally edited. I'd look forward to reading the next book in the Stella Fargo series. 4 out of 4 stars would be the perfect rating for this book. I would recommend it to lovers of crime and mystery fiction. If you'd be triggered by rape incidents, read this book with caution.

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