Review: Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt
Berkley Hardcover; August 1, 2017


The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree... 

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky. 

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again and succeeds in a brazen hospital room attack. 

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person and she's not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage..."

My Thoughts

Afton Tangler is a family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department. She's got great instincts and hopes to become a detective one day. On a ride-along with her partner Max Montgomery, she unexpectedly gets pulled into a murder investigation when a helicopter carrying a heart for a wealthy client explodes. Almost as soon as the investigation begin, bodies start to pile up. Afton soon finds herself the center of the murder's attention, putting her family in danger.

Shadow Girl is told from different perspectives of both the good and bad guys.You might think that would spoil the story, but it didn't. It was interesting seeing the actions of both sides and wondering when the characters and story lines would collide. 

Overall, I did like this book, but I had a hard time connecting with the story in the beginning. Shadow Girl started off with a bang, but then the pacing seemed to slow down. As the police start gathering evidence and flushing out their suspects, the pace picks up again. It took around 100 pages before I was fully invested in the story. I'm glad I stuck with it because the ending was pretty exciting.

Shadow Girl is the second novel in the An Afton Tangler Thriller series. Don't worry if you didn't read the first novel, Little Girl Gone. This novel can be read as a standalone. And if you're looking for a good thriller to get you through the lazy, hazy days of summer, this might just be the book for you.