Thursday, April 14, 2016

Flawless by Heather Graham, Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Strange twists can sometimes lead to unknown pleasures and dangers as in the case of FLAWLESS by Heather Graham.

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld does a superb job making each character unique sounding. She captured the tone, attitude, and accents of the various characters with great ease. Her interruption enhances this romantic thriller.

Kieran Finnegan only wants to return an expensive diamond to the jeweler without being caught to keep her clueless brother and their best friend from getting into trouble. Seems Julie thought it was a good idea to borrow the diamond to get her soon-to-be ex-husband in trouble with his boss at the jewelry store. Wanting to help her, Danny saw no problem in taking the diamond for her since he was only ‘borrowing’ it and not planning on keeping it.

Just as Kieran is about to make the return, the jewelry store is robbed by three masked gunmen. Taken hostage, Kieran is soon able to escape with the help of FBI Agent Craig Frasier who was pursuing the robbers. The robbers, using fake guns, are captured, the jewels (including the one Kieran had) are returned, and all is well Kieran thinks.

Not so as Craig believes Kieran is hiding something and begins to dig deeper. Could it be she was in on the robbery or is her family’s bar somehow involved? Oh, and there’s another set of jewelry store robbers identical to these only the group still on the loose is killing people when they rob.

Through a series of twists and turns the author places Kieran and Craig together creating sparks, as well as doubts. The attraction between the two intensifies as the plot thickens. The characters are well-written and likable. The New York City setting, with an Irish pub backdrop, adds depth and dimension to the story.

The blossoming romance between Kieran and Craig doesn’t overshadow the suspense and intrigue involving the robbers and murders. While this story doesn’t contain the paranormal aspect the author is famous for, it features fascinating characters, a historical setting, and enough suspense and murder to keep you guessing until the very end.

Impeccably written and faultlessly narrated, FLAWLESS is an entertaining thriller that will provide hours of suspenseful delight. It’s also available in print and eBook format for those wishes to read this captivating story.

Flawless by Heather Graham, Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, Brilliance Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1491505274, Unabridged, MP3 CD, Run Time: 8 Hours and 40 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – An audio copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. FLAWLESS is one of those stories that shows an author can write in numerous genres with great ease. I hope you’ll check it out. What would you do if someone you knew ‘borrowed’ a diamond from a jeweler just to get someone else in trouble?


  1. The road to hell is paved with good intentions...
    Borrowing like that is theft by a softer name. And getting someone else into trouble is a poor reason to do anything.

    1. Perfect quote for this book, E.C. You're right about the borrowing and author does a good job explaining how serious it was and that it really wasn't borrowing.

  2. I'm not sure there is such a thing as borrowed from a jeweler. As Elephant's Child said, especially when it's to get someone else in trouble.
    Having a good time as a Ninja Minion?

    1. Alex, you're right about the borrowing. And I'm enjoying being a Ninja Minion. I've discovered a number of new blogs I'll continue to visit long after the challenge is over. Thanks for the chance to be a Ninja Minion.

  3. What a premise for a story, Mason! I agree with Elephant's Child and Alan that 'borrowed' isn't the right word... In any case, I'm glad you enjoyed the novel.

    1. Margot, it was an enjoyable audio. You're correct about the borrowing. The author did a good job of explaining how you really can't 'borrow' something like that.

  4. I wish I had more time to review books for my blog. I am reviewing one book for one of the A to Z days, but that's all I have time for.

    Piper Presley
    L is for Love: Blogging from A to Z Challenge

  5. Loved the idea and, of course, I love diamonds. They just look good anytime and with anything. I don't think I'd borrow one, however.

  6. I haven't read Graham yet. This looks like a great read. I don't want to be friends with people who get others into trouble.


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