Burning Bright by Nicholas Petrie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A psychological suspense thriller, something that was right up my alley it seemed. Here we follow an investigative journalist, June whose mother got killed in a supposed hit and run accident. During the duration of the book, she finds mysterious agencies pursuing her for their own agenda. Her life's in the hands of Peter, who is a veteran from Iraq with PTSD.
This book is very tangly in the sense of political intrigue and government conspiracies, but something was missing. Sure there was something that I would consider as “thrill of the chase”, but that’s not my favorite part of the book. My favorite part was definitively when June repeatedly outsmarted the “bad guys” and was one step ahead of the game in some sense, in others; not.
The worst part in my opinion was the romance, because I just didn’t feel the chemistry. And honestly, I thought that detracted from the main plotline. So many times throughout their sex scenes, I was thinking that this is not the time for this, you are running for your life and might get killed. Like romance is unnecessary as a subplot in this book so I don’t know why it’s even in there.
Coming into this series, I actually wasn’t aware that this was a second book. But let me say that I think that Peter is a pretty messed up character, despite his protective intention. I really do hope that he goes and fixes himself up before he is ready to face “domestic civilization”. That’s why I thought that the ending was thoughtfully done, in a way that opened the door into the next continuation. Let’s just say that I’m not interested in going to read the first book or the next book in the future; I feel indifferent about what will happen in this series.
Honestly, this book felt like an action movie. It only slowed down for the last 100 pages at the end there, where there was a lot of sitting around and waiting. But still, I wouldn’t be surprised if readers alike imagine this as one of those high-dramatic plot-filled action sagas.
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.**
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