Deranged by T.R. Ragan
Thomas & Mercer: 10/30/18
eBook review copy; 288 pages
Jessie Cole series 3#
Deranged by T.R. Ragan is the highly recommended third book featuring private investigator Jessie Cole.
Jessie has been trying to help crime reporter Ben Morrison investigate
his past. After an accident left him with amnesia, he can't remember who
he was before the accident, but from what he does know, he had a
troubled childhood. His father is in prison and his sister wants nothing
to do with him. He has also been having troubling memories or are they
flashbacks of him acting violently. Compounding Ben's emotional turmoil,
he has temporarily left his family because he does not trust his
daughter's soccer coach. Jessie and her assistant Zee have been trying
to help Ben, when they also take on a domestic surveillance case from a
man who wants his wife watched.
The action moves quickly in the story and a serial killer on the loose
adds a great deal of trepidation since you know he will obviously be
continuing his crimes. Jessie's boyfriend
Grayson, a local homicide detective, is on the cases along with a
rookie he is mentoring. Jessie's niece, Olivia, 15, is also adding some
stress to Jessie's life because she is starting to take on babysitting
and dog walking jobs in an attempt to earn money for her own car
The chapters alternate between the various characters point-of-view -
including Jessie, Ben, Colin, the killer, as well as others. You can
follow along along with the different perspectives and discoveries as they happen
through the eyes of the characters involved. Ultimately, this will
allow you to put the pieces together and figure out some of the answers
before the end. Many readers will figure out who the killer is, but the
real point is cheering on the characters as they uncover clues.
The writing is good and the cases and characters are an interesting mix.
I did notice a few instances of repeated phrases ("sooner rather than
later" being one) that occurred a bit too close together in the text so
the repetition was obvious. Setting that aside, however, the fast paced
action and discoveries moved the novel along quickly to a satisfying
conclusion. This was my first book in the series and I didn't feel I
missed much by not reading the first two.
My review copy was courtesy of Thomas & Mercer.