Friday, July 20, 2012

Looking for a Thrill? Hell or High Water by Joy Castro

Thank you to Book Sparks PR, Thomas Dunne Books, and St. Martin Press for the opportunity to review this book.   They have given me three  copies to giveaway.  Please see rafflecopter below. 


Nola Cespedes is a reporter for the Times Picayune a New Orleans newspaper, and just beginning her career in the newspaper business.   Shea has been writing many society pieces for the newspaper.  One day her boss Bailey comes with a story at first that Nola does not want to touch.  He talks her into taking the story about sexual assault offenders that are off the grid in New Orleans.   Nola starts to tackle the story what else will she find?  She has the support of her girlfriends and family. 

 My Thoughts:

This book is not exactly what I thought in terms of being a thriller. Nola is a Latina woman with a hard edge to her.  She is a very strong protagonist.  I just had a hard time liking her.  The other main themes are sexual assault, rehabilitation, and recovery.  The author chose to explore the gritty side of sexual assault, the offenders, and their rehabilitation. The book is an enjoyable read.  The reader will want to know how the story turns out, and keep turning the pages!   

Ms. Castro wrote a riveting book for her debut.  She challenges you to see crime from all perspectives.   A reporter must work all the angles of a story and sometimes these angles might be unpleasant.  A great summer read!
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  1. What makes it a great suspense is that they lead you to believe that she's already in trouble.