Thursday, January 28, 2016

AT Bay, Book 1 Alex Troutt Thriller Series by John Mefford

Alex Troutt Thriller Series #1
AT Bay
Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.

As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn’t sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that’s when she begins to question everything, including herself.

Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome…anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.

And then it happens—a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she’s somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act.

As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.

Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?

One woman can only keep so much…AT Bay.

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When one writes a review on Amazon you are prompted to tell from which point of view the story is told. This series begins with a woman waking up in a hospital bed with NO memories at all. Even when she is able to speak, her words surprise her. She continually wonders, "How did I know that" or "Why did I make that reference?"  and she is surprised when others react various ways to her words.
Eventually she learns that some of her expressions are "out of character" for the Alex they think they know.  Yes, Alex.
Alexandra Giordano. FBI agent of extreme caliber.

There are several levels happening all at once in this new series.
If you are not familiar with no punches pulled author John W. Mefford
I suggest you begin not only this series but also pick up his BOOKER series about a P.I. who tries to balance job, dysfunctional family and friend relationships and at times seems to be trying single-handedly to save the world.
(This is not an affiliate link. I really give John's series 5 stars without compensation.)
Back to Alex - Despite being advised to "take it easy" for several days or even weeks, despite not really even knowing her name, trusting these guys who inform her only the barest details of her identity, despite physical injuries,
deep inside Alex knows she is the only one who can figure out what put her in this situation.  She can not help herself even when she rediscovers her life and observes it with a fresh perspective.
To put it mildly, Alex is not pleased with what she is learning.
Finding her past and what happened to her is put on hold when a perverted murder takes precedence over her former partner Nick's job of babysitting her.
Not one to be left out of the thick of the investigation, Alex soon finds herself attempting to take over.
This is a fast paced page turner that both genders and anyone interested in suspense, action, murder, thrillers will not want to put down.
Also for readers trying to understand the human condition.
John's writing can be gritty and graphic. His characters mulidimensional.
He takes us into minds we may not really want to be so intimate with.
What an ending! It sets this series up for many possibilites.
I know I am going along for the ride.
I did receive this book to review but no other compensation.

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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