From New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers comes the next standalone novel in her Sharpe & Donovan Series, IMPOSTOR’S LURE! Master of suspense Carla Neggers delivers an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Order your copy today!
Title: Impostor’s Lure
Author: Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #8
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Source: Advanced copy received from NetGalley and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 stars
Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara’s, and he needs them to find her.
In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma’s art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behind in Boston, has vanished. The couple’s connection to Tamara adds to the puzzle.
As the search for Tamara intensifies, a seemingly unrelated murder leads Emma, Colin and HIT deep into a maze of misdirection created by a clever, lethal criminal who stays one step ahead of them.
As Emma draws on her expertise in art crimes and Colin on his experience as a deep-cover agent, the investigation takes a devastating turn that tests the strengths of their families and friendships as well as their FBI colleagues as never before.
This is one of the rare times I’ve decided to read a mystery/suspense novel, and I have to admit I’m impressed. I enjoyed Impostor’s Lure immensely.
I really liked Emma and Colin. Their love for each other was the cutest thing and I want to read the earlier books to know how they got together. Their ability to put their jobs first and understand how important each job is to one another was one of my favourite dynamics about their relationship. They are professional above all else and it made me respect them so much more considering the seriousness of their work.
I must admit Oliver was probably my favourite. He had such a tragic and complicated past and it was interesting to read about him, especially his relationship dynamic with Henrietta. Finian was fun to read about too. I hope there’s much more of them in past and future books.
Carla Neggers knows how to write a good book. Impostor’s Lure was full of mystery and suspense. And my goodness, does she ever know how to write a great conclusion. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say this: you will be on the edge of your seat.
The plot was good. The way everything connects together so fluidly made it easier to follow despite the fact that I started at the 8th book in the series. At first it was a little hard to know who was who, but because each book is technically a standalone it doesn’t get too confusing. No matter where you start in the series, you’re able to focus on the story of the current book without getting lost in past happenings.
My favourite thing about the plot was that it wasn’t too obvious. You could kind of figrure out what was going to happen, but some things still came as a surprise to me at the end. It definitely had a positive impact on my overall enjoyment of the novel.
My one smallest complaint would be the pacing towards the middle. It felt a little bit slow compared to the rest of the novel. Besides that, it was great. So many things happened at the beginning of the novel to get it started, and the last little bit was jam packed with action. I loved how things were pretty chill and all of a sudden everything is happening and I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the conclusion of who did what.
Impostor’s Lure was a great mystery novel bursting with action. I enjoyed Carla Neggers’ writing so much that I want to read the first 7 books of the Sharpe & Donovan series. While I can’t speak for the other novels, I would highly suggest reading this one. It was an incredible read.
About Carla Neggers:
Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with pad and pen. A native New Englander, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, a sofa bed at their kids’ places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more and sign up for Carla’s newsletter at her website.