Once in a while, I find a book that I can’t put down and literally have to read cover to cover, no matter the cost to other items on my todo list. The Experiment by Robin Lamont was one of these books. I was hooked from the beginning by the idea that an undercover agent had gone missing, and possibly rogue. I loved the main character, Jude, who is just the right mix of scrappy and vulnerable.
Jude’s protégé, Tim, is the one who’s missing. It turns out he was probably having sex with at least one underage girl and feeding her drugs. Or, was he? It’s hard for Jude to reconcile the diligent, loving Time she knows from her affair with the Tim other people are telling her about as she investigates his disappearance. All three male colleagues are in love with Jude, who isn’t as bad a flirt as that sounds, it’s just that she’s there in front of them and she’s cute and smart.
I found most of the characters well-drawn, although a couple of the minor characters, such as the sheriff, seemed a little thin. There was the usual complement of head-hopping and the occasional tense shift that seems to plague so many books today, but nothing to pull me too far from the story. Perhaps I am overly picky. I’m probably guilty of similar offenses in my own writing, since it is difficult to keep perfectly to one POV without ascribing intent to other characters, and there are facets of past tense that just sound more “natural” in present. C’est la vie. Chalk it up to the informality of American English.
The Experiment was paced well and captivated me from beginning to end without overwhelming me with fight scene after fight scene. It all builds to an unforgettable, albeit predictable, climax which is highly satisfying. Kudos to Ms. Lamont for such a wonderful book. Her other works are definitely on my to-read list now. Pick up a copy of The Experiment today—you won’t be disappointed!
Jude Brannock is a brash and single-minded female protagonist for today’s readers who believe that nature and animals deserve our respect and must be protected. In The Experiment, author Robin Lamont brings these forward-looking themes to her newest suspense novel.
Jude is an investigator for an animal protection organization. When the young man she has trained for an undercover job suddenly vanishes after a tantalizing text that he’s “on to something,” Jude rushes to the quiet, farming community of Half Moon, only to discover that her trainee might have perpetrated an elaborate con job on her. Determined to get to the truth, she unearths a biopharmaceutical company’s deadly secret, and in doing so, comes up against dark secrets of her own.
Published by: Grayling Press
Publication Date: May 15th 2019
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 0985848588 (ISBN13: 9780985848583)
Series: The Kinship Series
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Before becoming a novelist, Robin was a popular Broadway actress and singer, turned private investigator, and then New York prosecutor. She draws on these diverse careers for her work, infusing suspenseful plots with character-driven drama.
Robin’s prior work has garnered awards and recognition, including Suspense Magazine’s Best of the Indies and a Gold Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards for her novel If Thy Right Hand. Her book The Chain, which introduced Jude Brannock to readers, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist. Her screen adaptation of the book, Six Seconds, is currently under option.
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