Exposed Fury by Marie Flanigan
Annie Fitch, a former police detective, struggles to make ends meet as a private investigator in the sleepy town of Leesburg, Virginia. On partial disability because of gunshot injuries, she’s relegated to doing surveillance gigs and background checks. But things are looking up, since her on-again, off-again relationship is back on and might stay that way.
When Annie is hired by Laura Carlton to follow her husband to get evidence of cheating, Annie is certain the case won’t take long. Nick Carlton grew up with money and privilege and has a sex addiction dating back to his high school days. But things go sideways when Annie finds her target dead in an alley just a few blocks from her own home.
Working with her former partner, Gunnar Jansson, Annie digs deeper into Carlton’s background, slowly excavating his past to reveal the multiple suspects and motives. The list includes his many lunch-hour-tryst partners, a local shop owner, and his business partner, among others. Layer by layer, Annie uncovers a truth that runs much deeper than anyone expected.
I really enjoyed Exposed Fury. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and getting to know these characters. Really I got to the end and was hoping there would be more, that this will be a series as I would definitely read more about Annie and her adventures.
Annie is a former police detective that was forced to find something else to do when she was injured on the job. She still goes to physical therapy and gets stiff at times, but she is much better than when she was first injured. She is trying to make it as a private investigator and normally it is uneventful and she enjoys the sitting and waiting and watching that she needs to do for her clients. Sitting and waiting for a husband to come out of a building with a mistress or whatever. She used to be more go go go, but now she is happy to relax a bit, even if she does miss her police work.
Everything is going fine for her until she finds a body of the guy she is supposed to be following and she gets involved in the investigation. She is still friendly with her former partner and it was interesting seeing the case unfold from two different fronts. Figuring out who the murderer is and her issues in her personal life and getting back to normal.
Now the only part of the story that was just good instead of great for me was the romantic aspect with Annie and Ford. It might be because you don't see very much of them and I never really saw the connection between them. That and Annie is terrible at communicating so I'm not sure how the two of them will work out. He travels a lot for his job that he can't talk about and Annie hates that, but never mentions it. They have been together for a long time so there should be something there, I just wanted more. I wanted to see a stronger connection between the two.
Overall this was a great read. I really enjoyed watching Annie try and figure out what is going on and all the ups and downs that came with it.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★