Thursday, April 16, 2015

Max Revere returns in an all new book by Allison Brennan "Compulsion"

Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman’s MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn’t working alone.

Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the face of her questions is combined with uncomfortable knowledge of Max’s own past. She leaves the room convinced, but unable to prove, that Bachman knows exactly what happened to the missing couple. The D.A. wants nothing to jeopardize his case against Bachman and refuses to consider Max’s theory. With no physical evidence, Max has to rely on her own wits and investigative prowess to dig deep into Bachman’s past. The picture that Max puts together is far darker and more deadly than she ever imagined.
As Max gets closer to the truth, she doesn’t realize that she’s walking down a road that has been paved just for her. That every step she takes brings her one step closer to a brilliant, methodical sociopath who has been waiting for her to make just one small mistake.

Max has been searching for the killers of an Ohio couple. She believes that their murders tie in with Bachman's but no one else wants to even think about that notion. They have Adam and they want him put away. Even the thought of an accomplice can make Bachman's trial go awry.

With a new, all too eager office assistant, Max starts looking into Bachman's past. After a brief meeting with him, she is positive their is an accomplice and sets out to find out who it is.  But it seems like her past is haunting her and she can't outrun it. 

The description really does a bang up job of explaining the story, and if you have read the first book, you have a good gist of all the main characters already. If you haven't read "Notorious" please do so. this can be a stand alone, but you get a better feel for the characters if you read the previous book first.  I really like Max. She's a real take charge, not taking any crap from anyone  kind of person. I like David, he's a great supporting character. The new assistant, Riley, is so eager to help and impress Max, that she gets herself into some serious trouble. We again see Nick, the hot detective from California that Max met in Notorious. And we also meet Marco, Max's previous boyfriend who is with the FBI. 
This book had Max checking and rethinking on her life and her past. We know Max's mom was.. flighty. And we know she was left with her grandmother when she was ten, but those first ten years are pretty foggy. Now we learn a bit about it and how it has affected Max. 

I've always like Ms Brennan's work, but I have really enjoyed Notorious and Compulsion.

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title**********

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