Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review - 1st Shock by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

1st Shock
by Misty Evans & Adrienne Giordano
Series: Schock Sisters, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 27, 2019

Elite forensic sculptor Meg Schock is obsessed with solving cold cases and bringing justice to victims. When the local US attorney brings her the skull of a young murdered woman with similarities to one she’s already reconstructed—but not identified—she and her sister, Charlie, dive head-first into a chilling investigation.

The twisted killer is clever, drawing closer and closer when he discovers the sisters on his trail. Another body turns up…and another… but his modis operandi points to a convicted murderer already behind bars. Together, Meg and Charlie must face the fact this copycat is taunting them, leading them on a gruesome quest. He’s picked up where his mentor left off—and he’s coming for one of them next.

Another great story from Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano. With a great mystery to solve and an undercurrent of romance, First Shock was a great start to this new series!

The Schock sisters are an interesting pairing and I loved how they worked together, playing off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses while always keeping each other’s best interests at the forefront. Charlie, a forensic psychologist, was tough as nails when it came to solving cases and doing investigative work, while Meg, a forensic sculptor, was more emotion driven and had a hard time keeping an emotional distance from her subjects. And despite the vast differences between these two, they way they are brought to life just works – it works in how they play off of each other during an investigation, it works when they look out for each other emotionally and physically, and it works when it comes to sticking up for each other and having each other’s back.\
“If you’ve brought her that skull,” Charlie says, “I’ll kill you.”

Poor JJ. First I threaten to stab him and now Charlie will kill him. Our threats come for two very different reasons. I’m pissed about the shopping bag.

Charlie the skull.
This book was more suspense/mystery than romance, but I liked how the romance was used in the book to help define the characters and move the story along, and also setting the stage for future books as the relationship between Charlie and JJ gets further defined. The mystery itself was very well done, keeping me fully engaged even though I had an idea of who the bad guy was going to be. I also liked that there were a few other cases that were touched upon, which has me interested to see where this series can go, especially with the teaser at the end that looks to set up the next book.

As usual, Evans and Giordano have a way of writing together that is seamless and always craft dialogue that conveys emotion, using humor and heart. The story is told from alternating points of view from Meg and Charlie, and it was nice to get a look inside both their heads and get to know them both in this book. I also loved getting to visit with some characters from the Justice Team series, especially Matt, who works for the Schock sisters and is one of my favorite characters, and was featured in Missing Justice, the book where the Schock sisters were first introduced.

Definitely one to pick up!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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