Abandoned by Cody McFadyen

Abandoned by Cody McFadyen (2009) falls into the category of a book I wouldn't have bought, but one that I picked up while browsing at the public library a couple of weeks ago. I'm definitely willing to read books outside of my normal realm when I get them from friends, the library, a free download, etc.

I didn't realize this is actually the fourth in a series of books from McFadyen featuring (female) FBI agent Smoky Barrett, and I'm perfectly okay with having missed the first three books and any future books.

Smoky's career involves seeking the worst of the worst, psychopathic serial killer types, as a branch chief for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). So far, her career has brought her to the notice of the killers of her husband and young daughter and best friend (featured in previous books, I'm sure) and left her physically and emotionally scarred.

I'll give McFadyen credit for creating a strong heroine because she forges ahead with her career. She even finds a new man and takes on the task of raising her best friend's daughter.

In Abandoned, a psychopath comes to Smoky by dumping a woman so broken, so shattered, so close to dead at Smoky's friends' wedding. A challenge? Uh-huh.

How far is Smoky willing to go to catch a killer? And what personal price will she pay this time?

If you like mystery heavy on the graphic details and horrible violence, this is a well-written book you should read.

Too violent, too horrible, too possible for me. I could hardly sleep after reading this one, even with a Rottweiler sleeping on the floor beside me and an Army-trained guy with a gun or two for a husband.

My overall personal rating of Abandoned is an A-.


StephanieD said…
It sounded from the second paragraph that you were going to give this one a low grade!

I'll have to pick this one up when I feel like being scared out of my wits. But I don't have a rottweiler or an Army trained husband though...

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