#BookReview | What You’ve Done by J.A. Schneider JoyceSchneider1 #Whatyouvedone #RomanceSuspense #Thriller

April 17, 2020     Ami-May     Book Reviews

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#BookReview | What You’ve Done by J.A. Schneider JoyceSchneider1 #Whatyouvedone #RomanceSuspense #ThrillerISBN: B085VQ3NNM
What You've Done by J.A. Schneider
Published by Amazon Digital Services on April 16, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romance Suspense, Crime Fiction, Crime, Thriller
Pages: 332
Format: ARC, Kindle
Source: Author
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five-stars

A small town divorce lawyer ("I know people's secrets") blames herself when a client's teen daughter is brutally murdered. She investigates and finds herself the killer's next target.
Grieving the loss of her NYPD detective husband, former defense attorney Mia Peale moves to Grand Cove, Connecticut, desperate for a sense of community and hoping to rebuild her life. Now, starting a family law practice, she's finally found friends and peace - until the teen daughter of one of her clients is brutally murdered, and the girl's boyfriend stands accused.
Kelly Payne was an adored high school track star. Brian Hall is a poor boy in a rich town, and the community is outraged. But Mia has known Brian since her arrival and can't believe he's guilty, despite strong circumstantial evidence against him. As his defense turns lackluster, she asks Grand Cove police detective Jay Colter for help. Jay is also skeptical of the police and DA's case and takes them on, especially when Mia's friend from her former Manhattan law firm uncovers a frighteningly similar murder in the city. Secretly, Jay helps Mia investigate both murders, but his alarm grows as her life is threatened by a maniac hiding among them.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Rating Report
Plot/Narrative

Mia pearl who lost her NYPD detective husband, formally a defence attorney moves to Grand Cove, Connecticut. She starts a family law practice. She was settling into the community and her new job until a client's teenager daughter, Kelly Payne, is murdered.

This is a very absorbing, satisfactorily thought out riveting plot. It just keeps giving and giving. I loved the romance suspense plot, and it is a ignites a new dynamic to the story.

It is a show-stopping page-turner with lots of tangles and knots in abundance and has you hung and quartered till the powerful climax.

5 stars
Characters

Mia Peale is an exceptionally, thoroughly extraordinary and well-defined character. I love how she is portrayed to be very determined but also equally not afraid of showing her emotions.

Jay Colter of Grand Cove Police Detective is yet another fantastic character. They make an excellent team working Kelly's Murder as they know Brian wasn't responsible.

5 stars
Writing Style/Pacing

This is a well thought out, excellently crafted thriller with defined, outstanding in the depth characters.

Joyce's writing style is impeccable and fabulous. She really knows how's to grab hold of her readers. You are taken through every probability, scenario or killer that could have arisen. You speculate time and time again til Joyce nudges another spanner in the works and you will not see this climaxing ending landing.

5 stars
Themes/Settings

We have short chapters, although lots of them. It went at an epically meticulous stride. It is a fast-paced mesmerizing, enthralling and engrossing thriller that you can NOT put down.

5 stars
Cover

Just Stunning!

5 stars
Overall Thoughts

An extraordinarily well thought out and well crafted romantic suspense thriller with endearing, plausible, well-defined, in-depth and strenuous characters. A plot is full of tangles and knots and one you can't put down until the tumultuous adept unbelievable conclusion.

5 stars
Final Rating 5 stars
five-stars

About J.A. Schneider

Wheaton College, Norton MA (French Lit Major, Minor in Spanish & squeezed in Russian)
Sorbonne, Jr. Year in Paris
Exchange student in the Soviet Union, where I got arrested for spreading anti-Soviet propaganda – ha! Caught with friends laughing at their pea-green-colored drinking water; that was the offense; four of us arrested. Let go after a day, they decided we weren’t worth an international incident, I guess. Then weeks later I landed in a Soviet hospital because I fell down a ravine during a hike in the Caucasus mountains near Sochi. It wasn’t bad. Docs in Sochi were nice…

Former writer at Newsweek Magazine. Author of the 6-book EMBRYO medical thriller series; the 4-book Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers FEAR DREAMS, HER LAST BREATH, WATCHING YOU, & SHOELESS CHILD. Also 3 standalone thrillers: INTO THE DARK, GIRL WATCHING YOU, and WHAT YOU’VE DONE (to be published in April). I love reading & writing – especially suspense & psychological thrillers.

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