Thursday, January 15, 2015

ENEMY INSIDE Special Price & Review

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4.5 stars

Detectives Jay O’Loughlin and Alicia Raymond are assigned by their superior, Captain Leigh, to investigate the murder of a truck driver who was also a habitual sex offender.  Soon there are more murdered truckers and the pair race to find some thread leading back to the killer.  Their intense investigation takes place against a back drop of political pressure/intimidation and personal crises creating a compulsive read.

THE ENEMY INSIDE is dark, raw and not for the faint of heart or stomach.  As fascinating as the whodunnit is, Berg and Jay are equally interesting.  While THE ENEMY INSIDE is a dark read there’s a strong undercurrent of hope as it showcases the strength of kindness, caring, and resilience of the human spirit.

Alicia Raymond, better known as Berg short for Iceberg, is one seriously damaged woman.  Berg hurts herself or has others do it via dangerous anonymous sex attempting to stop the inner pain that refuses to go away.  The guilt and shame afterwards only adds strength to the inner voice telling her how worthless she is.  Berg is in a vicious destructive cycle, fighting daily to retain a semblance of normality.   
Jay O’Loughlin is Berg’s partner.  Promiscuous serial dater he’s never with one woman for long.  Jay too is haunted by his past and while painful, it didn’t hold a candle to Berg’s demons.
While Jay and Berg are partners they aren’t friends nor are they particularly close.  Berg has raised avoidance and isolation to an art form rebuffing all of Jay’s after work friendship overtures.  The dynamics of their partnership and personal interactions change drastically when Jay accidentally discovers Berg’s hidden life, revealing his true character in response.  Both begin to feel a flicker of hope and potential they never thought possible.  Learning more about each character, their background, personal battles, and growth is as absorbing as the mystery. 

The first victim is introduced before his death.  That old Southern saying, “Your honor, he needed killing.” was my first thought when his body was found.  Harsh but true.  The murders are brutal, creative, and well planned.  You get a sense of calculation and icy hatred.  Ms. Skye doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of life and does an excellent job illustrating the fine lines and shades of grey involved when it comes to truth, justice, and vengeance. 
THE ENEMY INSIDE is multi-dimensional and engages the reader in numerous ways.  The plot is complex, keeping you engaged and on your toes with numerous twists and turns.  The quest for the killer is engrossing and tense but isn’t the only source of tension. 
The politics in the police department and political aspirations of Chief Consiglio often seem to come at the cost of truth and justice; very frustrating.  Berg’s constant battle against the darkness had me edgy and pulling for her.  The partnership between Jay and Berg as well as their interactions with the other detectives in the department are believable and also a source of stress.  Consiglio has it out for Jay and Berg riding Captain Leigh about them on an almost daily basis.

Sherlock Holmes said, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”, so I didn’t even attempt to hazard a guess regarding the killer until the chapters were in the thirties.  Then a sentence clicked and my brain went ninety to nothing.  It was gratifying to discover I’d guessed correctly. 
The ending was unpredictable, a huge plus but also annoying, satisfying, and slightly chilling. I can’t wait for the next book.

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