Harm None by Cynthia D. Witherspoon
Published by Self-published on March 21, 2019
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Every Town Has A Secret.
Agent Danielle Abney wasn't sure which was worse. Her job or the small town she was thrown into after a series of murders labeled the victims as witches. It was something out of Hawthorne. Or Hitchcock.
Yet, the deeper Abney digs into her own investigation, she will learn that no matter how many times you can deny the truth, it will still be there. Still be waiting.
And that truth will haunt her for the rest of her days.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Fabulous Weekend Read!
I am flat chat at the moment. Limited reading time is narrowing my choices which is why when I heard about Harm None by Cynthia D. Witherspoon I decided to give a new to me author a go. What convinced me was the lure of a standalone novella. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that while it was a quick read, it didn’t leave me feeling short changed.
In what she believes is her last chance to prove she is worthy of her badge, Agent Danielle Abney is sent to a small town to investigate the murder of three teenagers. Her task is complicated by locals who don’t welcome strangers to town. She is further hindered by a local policeman who’s not as forthcoming as he should be. Determined to do her job, Danielle works hard to forward a weekly report that proves she is up to her assignment.
Danielle works tirelessly to find the people in the town who will respond to her questioning. Chief Scott Ellis sent mixed messages on a personal and professional level. His sister Anja was cagey but happy to have her around. Anja befriending Danielle provides the touch of humanity denied by the rest of the community.
At first I stumbled over a strange reference to the hair colouring of one of the victims. A minor detail in retrospect that made me question whether I was going to enjoy the writing style or not. I ended up pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the captivating mystery.
Romance was virtually nonexistent for the majority of the book. I didn’t even miss it once I accepted it probably wasn’t going to be a romance. Then all of a sudden Danielle stumbled upon an instant connection and while romance wasn’t the focus, the timing played a significant role within the story.
Although not the romance I expected, Harm None was a fabulous book to squeeze into a busy weekend. This is a dark read that would appeal to people who enjoy detective shows. It had the air of a well-rounded episode with an interesting story. I would happily recommend this if you’re after a fast-paced paranormal novella with more mystery than romance.
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