Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Book Review for The Missing Witness by Allison Brennan

 Quinn & Costa #5

The Missing Witness by Allison Brennan

Publication: January 23, 2024 by MIRA

Taken from Goodreads:  When a key witness goes missing, Quinn and Costa must find her before a killer silences her for good…

Detective Kara Quinn is back in Los Angeles to testify against a notorious human trafficker, finally moving past the case that upended her life. But when the accused is shot by a masked man in broad daylight, the chaotic scene of the crime turns up few reliable bystanders. And one witness—a whistleblower who might be the key to everything—has disappeared.

After the prosecuting DDA is stabbed to death, it’s clear that anyone who knows too much about the investigation is in danger, and tracking down the witness becomes a matter of life or death. With government corruption running rampant and someone on the inside trying to pin anything they can on Kara, she trusts nobody except FBI special agent Matt Costa and a handful of allies.

But when explosive secrets begin to surface within the LAPD and FBI, Kara questions everything she thought she knew about the case, her colleagues and the life she left behind months ago.

Now Quinn and Costa must race to find the missing witness and get to the bottom of the avalanche of conspiracies that has rocked LA to its core…before it's too late.


My Thoughts:  Allison Brennan is a must-read author.   Her books always pull me in and keep me turning pages.   The Missing Witness is part of a series that does not have to be read in order, but I think you will get more out of the series if they are read in order. If you do read this as a stand alone and then go back to read the others, there will be spoilers in this book from the other ones.

 This book focuses a lot on the homeless population in California and the misuse of funds.   I felt like that part of the story was eye opening and I am curious just how much of her story is based on real life.   I liked how real she kept it.   She did not cover up how horrific it can be to be homeless and how they can be treated.  It felt like she was living right there in the camp with the homeless. 

 Quinn and Costa is a series that I have read from the beginning.  The Missing Witness ties up many of the loose ends and still sets the reader up for another book in the series.   

 Thank you Harlequin Trade Publishing for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet Allison Brennan (taken from her website):
 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex.” She’s been nominated for multiple awards, including the Thriller, RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense (five times), and twice won the Daphne du Maurier award. She lives in Arizona with her family and assorted pets.


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