Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Book Review: Precession
Thanks to twitter I have made friends with the lovely and talented Abigail Arrington. She is pretty funny and always has great 140 character insights to share. For the sake of the FTC and since Abby has an extensive background in law I have to disclose that she offered and gave me her book to review, which I was pleased to do so regardless that this is not my usual genre-but I suspect a number of my blogger friends read more suspense than I do so...
Abby's novel Precession has done the miracle of actually making me like a lawyer. The main character Riley Morgan (who I couldn't help but picture as Abby while reading) is an attorney with spunk. She is clever, attractive and confident, her dedication had me rooting for her at every turn, despite my natural inclination to abolish all lawyers. Abby you have changed my mind at least slightly.
The title Precession is referring to the astronomical term for a shift in position, and is related to Riley and her client Evan Cole. Evan is stuck with a bad recording contract which Riley is helping him to get out from under, while his star is about to rise in a familiar singing competition. At the same time a killer is loose wanting vengeance on Riley for her role in child services taking his children away as well as for domestic abuse. While this novel could be termed Suspense/Romance I was not put off by the romance because it had such a natural flow I could relate too.
Other interesting characters include Riley's dog Mason, her assistant Dani, and a federal agent Kent Donovan that is likable but wasn't in the book quite enough-I believe Abby is planning on expanding his role in future installments. To me, that is where a lot of Arrington's strength lies-how great she is with her characters and making me want to see what happens with them next. She has drawn a lot from her professional and personal life to create this novel. Like all great writers (and Attorney's) she has observed people and presents them in great realistic tones that show motivation, conflict and drama.
For the sake of any of you wondering I would definitely categorize it as a clean read, with only the slightest hint of language by antagonist attorney Sam Stone. I also liked a lot of her observations about society that were slid into the characters dialouge-for instance the idiocy of using the term "sick" as a good thing. Riley Morgan isn't sick, she's a legal Valkyrie.